You can now get your daily dose of cuteness from the New England Aquarium 24 hours a day.
The aquarium just launched video feeds of its Giant Ocean Tank and the African penguin colony on its website, adding an additional layer to its “virtual visit” programming while its doors are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The New England Aquarium has a long-standing tradition of supporting education outside its walls,” Aquarium President & CEO Vikki N. Spruill said in a press release. “This is another way to share our institution’s work with the world as families continue to isolate at home.”
Long the central attraction at the Aquarium, the Giant Ocean Tank is a four-story habitat featuring a coral reef and about 1,000 animals, including stingrays, eels, sharks, and Myrtle the sea turtle. Suggested viewing times for the ocean tank camera are 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when divers enter the tank to feed the animals, and 2 p.m., when divers perform maintenance. (You can watch the Giant Ocean Tank feed here.)
The Aquarium also suggests tuning in during feeding time for the penguin colony. The 70 Southern Rockhopper penguins and African penguins receive their twice-daily chow at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (You can watch the penguin video feed here.)