Need an escape from your own home? California’s famed Monterey Bay Aquarium is offering on-line viewers round the world an opportunity to go to their facility with out making the bodily journey by way of 10 live webcams of animals from sea otters to jellyfish.
The free webcams can be found from 7 am to 7 pm PT on the aquarium’s Facebook web page, its YouTube channel and its web site.
Specifically, the live views characteristic their fan-favorite sea otter tank, their kelp forest tank, hen aviary, penguins, open sea tank, jellyfish tanks and live views of the Monterey Bay, which surrounds the aquarium.
While most of the aquarium’s 500-plus employees members are working from home beneath the risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19), key workers stay to take care of the constructing’s operations and have a tendency to the animals there. Those workers embody safety crews, upkeep staff and staff who feed and take care of the animals.
Monterey Bay Aquarium spokesman Ken Peterson informed The Mercury News that the sea otters, sea turtles, fish, birds and different wildlife can’t be contaminated by the virus.
“The animals are doing nice,” he mentioned. “They are getting the identical stage of care as they have been earlier than. We’re closed on Christmas Day. So, it’s sort of like that for them now.”
According to Peterson, throughout a typical day, about 120 persons are watching the wildlife cams on-line live at anyone time. Since the coronavirus outbreak, that quantity has elevated exponentially — greater than eight-fold in current days to greater than 1,000 viewers.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium will not be the solely establishment offering wildlife webcams. Zoos and museums are additionally offering extra distant experiences.
Texas’s Dallas Zoo started sharing behind-the-scenes footage and academic movies on social media with the hashtag #ConveyTheZooToYou.
In a viral video with greater than 3.5 million views, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago caught some of its penguins sneaking into their “Amazon Rising” exhibit.
The Cincinnati Zoo can be offering a live at-home safari on its Facebook web page every weekday at Three p.m. ET. The video’s first visitor? The beloved hippopotamus Fiona.
Meanwhile, the San Diego Zoo directed individuals final week to 10 live webcams that characteristic the zoo’s k
oalas, penguins, tigers and different animals. There was additionally entry to archival footage of big pandas that have been returned to China.
“Our group is doing all we are able to to raise spirits throughout this difficult time,” Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Executive Director Julie Packard tweeted Friday. “I’m so grateful for his or her dedication!”