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TODAY   |  May 03, 2013

Meet some super cool sea animals

Brian Thill from the South Carolina Aquarium stops by the College of Charleston to show Kathie Lee and Hoda a few of the more than 5,000 sea animals at the aquarium, including a stingray, a horseshoe crab and an alligator.

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>>> carolyn and the a cappella sisters, a beautiful vocal spiritual group from the low county of south carolina .

>> now we're talking animals from albino sea horses to, the aquarium here is home to 5,000 species.

>> brian, who knew he was going to make it we're glad you're here, how are you doing?

>> absolutely. welcome to charleston .

>> we love it.

>> you've brought a lot of aquatic and types of animals. starting with a stingray.

>> we have some ambassadors, you know how much we like our local shrimp here in charleston , the low country . i'll give one of you the honors.

>> we just dipped a little shrimpy thing, if you want to dip that into this tank. these guys are related to sharks, they have no bones in them. they're like the robotic vacuum cleaners. swim around in the shallow waters of charleston .

>> have they had their breakfast.

>> oh, he thought about it.

>> weird. where is the mouth?

>> the mouth is on the bottom. they can get all sorts of things from the btom of the tank.

>> that's crazy.

>> they can bury themselves in the sand.

>> he's going for it.

>> he got one. he got one.

>> he didn't make much of an effort. did he?

>> they have this tail here, they can whip it and --

>> whip it good. and -- uh-oh.

>> they're making little babies .

>> cut away from the making music.

>> let's bring our next one, shall we? the horseshoe crab .

>> good for him.

>> what's next.

>> this horseshoe crab .

>> they don't look real, do they?

>> these guys are awesome. these guys predate the dinosaurs.

>> he looks good for his age.

>> if you guys would like, you can touch him here. the cool thing about these guys is they have lots of different eyes. they've got about ten different spots where their eyes are. their mouth is right in the center, right where it's a little bristly. the cool thing about these guys, love is in the air and the water here in charleston . these guys are coming up on the sand, the females are dragging the males on to their nests.

>> isn't that the way it goes?

>> and these guys help humans out as well. they have blue blood, their blood looks like this, and pharmaceutical companies and biomedical folks can use this to detect impurities in drugs and --

>> there's a purpose for these guys.

>> yes.

>> let's bring on the gator.

>> this is a great success story for south carolina . this is the american alligator . i know you guys -- it's a little baby?

>> it's three years old. these guys have about 80 to 100 teeth. can you see them sticking out. real sharp. but over their lifetime, they'll go through 3,000 teeth. this guy will get about 12, 13 feet, hundreds of pounds for these guys. we don't mess with them. we stay away from them, we respect them.

>> how about the turret snl.

>> this is the diamondback turtle .

>> and just like the bling on your finger, it was named for the diamond shaped faceted, just like on a gem or ring.

>> its skin is beautiful as well.

>> great success story.

>> these guys have made a great, great comeback.

>> good for you.

>> skirting along there. and they live in unique place, we have sea turtles that live out in the ocean. we have our fresh water turtles, this guy lives in the middle.

>> let's bring on the owl.

>> this is pippen, one of our barn owls .

>> he's got a heart-shaped face, these guys are great hunters.

>> look how beautiful they are. very, very stealthy at night, very quiet.

>> we've got the citadel regimental band and pipes, did you know they're here?

>> i did not.