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Aquariums Are Here to Soothe Us During Quarantine

Businesses and places of gathering around the globe are temporarily shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a big hit on people’s jobs, financial security, and overall wellbeing. It’s hard to be away from work and the activities that bring us joy, but luckily aquariums around the country understand this. They’re not slowing down during quarantine. In fact, a number of them are bringing their exhibits into your home virtually and for free, and offering other forms of entertainment to boot.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium in California has a ton to offer right now. They have a live sea otter cam, where you can watch adorable otters play in their exhibit from the comfort of your home. We could watch these little dudes all day, and now we can!

The aquarium’s YouTube channel is also loaded with goodies, including “Morning MeditOcean.” These guided meditations use jellyfish to soothe you as you get ready to start your day. Their YouTube page also has a Live Jelly Cam where you can watch the jellyfish float all day, also set to comforting music and sounds.

If you’re into penguins, you can also check out their penguin cam and learn more about these spectacular birds.

Speaking of penguins, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago let two of their rockhopper penguins–Edward and Annie, a bonded pair–wander the premises to look in on other exhibits.

Other penguins from the aquarium also got to explore and meet other animals.

Likewise, the Texas State Aquarium let their flamingos stretch their legs and see parts of the aquarium totally foreign to them.

Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium also has a ton of services for folks stuck at home. You can watch live cams of various exhibits featuring animals like penguins, beluga whales, sea lions, piranha, puffins, and more. They also provide a live feed of their coral reef exhibit.

The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga also has live otter cams, and offers daily Facebook Live sessions exploring various parts of the aquarium.

The Florida Aquarium just launched a program called SEA-SPAN, another Facebook Live streaming event every day at 10 a.m. local time that features updates on the aquarium during closure.

The New England Aquarium offers virtual tours with their educators, to learn more about the exhibits and animals.

If you need even more soothing jellyfish content, look no further than the National Aquarium’s website, where you can stream live feeds of various reefs, jellyfish exhibits, and more.

We definitely recommend seeking out your local aquarium online to see if they offer similar at-home entertainment. It’s the perfect way to relax, and it’s a taste of wildlife you can’t get for the time being. There’s no better way to stay connected with the world around us than to remember it’s still thriving–and will be waiting for our return when this is all over.

Featured Image: Monterey Bay Aquarium