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Right now, animals make up a big portion of our science lessons.
We love exploring all different types of animals and learning where they live, what they eat, and what makes them unique and while we can obviously visit zoos and wildlife centers to view some of them up close, that’s not an option for every kind of animal that we would like to study.
It’s very difficult, for instance, to find a place locally that we can observe ocean animals when we live in a landlocked state.
We’ve gotten around this in the past by doing a little bit of research and creating a list of live animal cams that we can view whenever we’d like.
We can observe these animals as they eat, as they sleep, and as they go about their normal activities every day.
With that in mind though, and because we are in a landlocked state, we wanted to see if we could find a few more to add to our list that focused solely on the animals of the ocean and today, we’re sharing the live ocean animal cams that we found and hope that you’ll enjoy them just as much as we have.
Ocean Animal Cams
If fluffy and adorable is what you’re looking for, this live sea otter cam is the perfect way to get your daily dose. You’ll be able to watch them as they play, swim, soak up some sun in their habitat at the Vancouver Aquarium.
While not nearly as cute and cuddly as the sea otters, this live jelly cam from the Monterey Bay Aquarium gives you an up-close-and-personal look at some really cool looking jellyfish.
If you’re looking for something soothing, yet awe-inspiring, this coral reef cam is a great place to start! It also gives you the perfect opportunity to have your children compare and contrast the numerous different types of fish that they see bustling around the reef.
Of course, if you’re looking for something bigger, this cam, from explore.org, checking on the shark lagoon should be right up your alley.
Or, if you’d like a little more variety, the shark cam at the Monterey Bay Aquarium features a few different types of sharks. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a bat ray as it passes by or a flatfish as it relaxes on the seafloor!
Now, sharks can sometimes be a little bit scary, especially if you have younger children, so if that’s the case you might want to check out this manatee cam instead. I should note that this cam is seasonal. While you can watch it year-round, it is live between November 15th and March 15th. Throughout the rest of the year, you’ll be able to catch a highlight reel.
Grab your copy of our NO PREP animal report pack so that your child can research their favorite animals while they’re watching them live!
Designed to model the flower garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, the Tennessee Aquarium’s Secret Reef exhibit is home to colorful reef fish, sharks, a green sea turtle, and more! Their live cam is a great way to see a number of different species of fish all at the same time.
If you’ve ever wondered what an orca sounds like, then this cam is for you. Positioned just off of Hanson Island in British Columbia Canada, this underwater cam has provided us with views of fish, an octopus, and some swaying sea plants while the whales are singing in the background.
From a giant tuna to pelagic rays, this open sea cam has it all. With one million gallons of water, this exhibit is sure to provide something new every time you check in!
If a beluga whale is on your must-see list, then you’re going to want to check out this cam from the Georgia Aquarium! You might just manage to catch one of them waving at you with their tail!