The wild world, teeming with life, growth, color, and movement, holds perhaps the closest earthly approximation to magic. The wonder is closer than you might think—practically at your fingertips! This summer, we’re offering an updated roundup of our favorite wildlife webcams, presenting some favorites alongside new finds. Ward off the heat, sit back, and watch—from a front-row seat within the comfort of your own natural habitat—nature’s latest live performance.
Cayman Reef Cam
This underwater webcam, stationed on the fringe reef around Grand Cayman, the largest of the Cayman Islands, offers a great way to satisfy your sea fix this summer—especially for those of you without an ocean close by. The live cam provides an up-close view of coral, which shrimp and several types of fish use as a cleaning station. Housing hundreds of fish and 35 different types of coral, the waters surrounding the Grand Cayman contain a world within a world that you now have access to—no aquarium ticket or snorkel necessary!
Honey Bee Hive Cam
It’s not often that we get to appreciate up close the efforts of our planet’s hardworking pollinators. From Bavaria, Germany, this live hive cam—a favorite among Sierra readers—provides infrared footage of a bee colony that exists within a hollow log. You can watch as worker bees maintain their colony, protect their queen, store nectar, and produce honey. The tireless and lively activity of honeybees yields naturally sweet goodness…