Time flies when you're having fun, but oh boy does time fly when you're trying to spot a seal or watching a shark stalk her prey. But since (sadly) not every day can involve a nature getaway, you can always just do the second best thing: you can obsessively watch an underwater live cam.
The seven live cams below offer awesome views of aquatic nature from around the world, and the best part is you can watch them from the comfort of your home, or even your office. Don't worry, we won't tell your boss.
Get up close and personal with incredible beluga whales, thanks to the Sea North Tours' web cams affixed to their beluga whale watching tour boats. Every year as the ice breaks up on in the Hudson Bay in Canada, thousands of beluga whales come to the bay to feed, mate, and swim. The live cams' activity depends on weather and tides, as the two cams are only active when the boat is out.
Ocean Frontiers, a diving adventure tour company, has a reef cam set up less than a mile from their dive boat dock on the east end of the Cayman Islands. Located in a protected lagoon, the live camera only runs during daylight hours, but shows the pristine reef by their location and the marine life that calls its home.
Bears are entertaining, especially when they're snorkeling for migrating salmon. Catch all the action from above and below the water thanks to the National Park Service, which has Bear Cams on the Brooks River in the Katmai National Park & Preserve in Alaska. For prime viewing, check in between 8am to 8:30pm Alaska Daylight Time.
Watch giant Bluefin tuna eat, spot hammerhead sharks and pelagic rays, and see giant green sea turtles swim inches from your face all thanks to the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Live Web Cam. The camera is inside their one-million-gallon exhibit and runs from 7am to 7pm PST.
Surfers from all over the world come to the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu in hopes of catching the best surf of their life. Watch them and the waves on the Ehukai Beach Pipleine Cam. Best viewing hours are 6:30am to 7:30pm Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time.
Spot Sammy the seal (yes he's been named) and his pacific harbor seal friends eat and play, thanks to a Seal Cam at British Columbia's historic Fisherman's Wharf. According to Eagle Wing Tours, which runs the underwater camera, the best times for viewing, are 11am to 4pm PST October through March and 10am to 6pm PST April through September.
Appropriately located near Cape Fear is another Teens4Oceans web cam beneath the Frying Pan Shoal Tower. Built in the early 1960s the lighthouse provided warning to ships nearing the shoals known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Today, the area remains an important habitat for sharks and other marine wildlife. For the best shark viewing tune in between 5 and 7pm EST.