Good luck pulling up your social media page or phone news feed without being bombarded by messages related to COVID-19. And while yes, it’s important to stay informed (especially when information is constantly changing,) it can take a toll on your mental health after a while. So while you’re working from home, give yourself a break in between checking emails, rescheduling meetings, and wishing you actually finished building your home office set-up by tuning into to one of these live streams from across the world.
Loch Ness Monster Spotting Webcam:
Legends of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster have been circulating for centuries, but it wasn’t until a photo surfaced of the alleged prehistoric beast in the 1930s that modern-day monster-hunting began. Some say the monster of Loch Ness is a prehistoric plesiosaur who managed to escape the fate of his or her contemporaries, while others say the “monster” is nothing more than the trunks of circus elephants once seen crossing the lake. Fortunately, cryptozoology aficionados are in luck: Nessie on the Net offers a 24-hour streaming webcam with a clear shot of the lake so you can search for the legend any time of day. The site claims to have captured two images of Nessie in Sept. 2019, so there’s a chance he or she may make another appearance at any time. Even if you don’t catch Nessie on the screen, you’ll still probably see a few animals: two local sheep named Leila and Pi often wander in and out of the frame.
Las Vegas Married-by-Elvis Webcam:
Whether you’ve wondered to yourself “who the heck wants a Vegas wedding,” or instead regret not eloping to Vegas when you said “I do,” never fear. Thanks to the Elvis Chapel live webcam, you can tune in and watch couples happy in love say their vows against the glamorous backdrop of the famous chapel. Packages range from an affordable $99 “All Shook Up” wedding package, which includes one song from Elvis, all the way to the $499 all-inclusive package, in which Elvis will walk the bride down the aisle and sing two songs of his choice. The webcam is usually available from around noon to 9 p.m.
Northern Lights Webcam:
Chances are you’re not headed on to the arctic circle anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see one of nature’s greatest spectacles: the northern lights. Better still, watching the northern lights on a webcam allows you to see them happen in real-time without the need for furry boots and bulky down jackets. There are several aurora borealis webcams available for streaming, but there’s a great one at the Churchill Northern Studies Center in Churchill, Manitoba, a polar bear research center. While you can only see the lights at night, it’s possible to catch them year-round – though March is one of the best months, so now’s a great time to tune in and be mesmerized if you’re awake at night with little to do.
OrcaLab Whale Watch Webcam:
You don’t have to give up on your dreams of a spring whale watching trip, even if you’re staying inside to avoid germs or tend to get seasick. Tune in to the live streaming camera mounted at OrcaLab on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The research station has been monitoring orca behavior since the 1990s, and their webcam allows anyone to spot orcas from the wooded shores. The waters next to the research station are an orca migration route, so it’s possible to see whales year-round. If the camera isn’t on, check back in later in the day. It’s solar-powered, so it can sometimes stop on very overcast days. If the camera is moving, it probably means researchers are manually controlling it (hopefully to follow something they’ve spotted.) Spring and summer are the best times for spotting whales.
Yellowstone National Park Geyser Webcam:
Old Faithful is named that for a reason – it’s one of the most predictable geysers in the country. That makes this webcam especially well-suited to impatient viewers as the page lists predictions of when the geyser will erupt next, so you can set a reminder on your phone to tune in when it’s time. There are around 500 geysers in Yellowstone National Park and Old Faithful is one of the largest (though Steamboat Geyser is actually the largest.) You can also see wildlife making their way across the screen, including bison, elk, bighorn sheep, and sometimes wolves. The webcam is reasonably well-protected from snow, so if it looks like there’s fog or moisture on the screen, look again: it’s probably just steam from the geysers blowing in the wind. The park has measured the steam from the geyser at more than 350 degrees F., and since the winter temperature in the park can easily dip below zero, there’s always a stream of hot air. When the heat and pressure become too much to handle, the geyser erupts.