Today Show’s Call of the Wild
Kathie Lee and Hoda had Today Show’s Call of the Wild in the Bahamas and the ladies took a look at some interesting sea creatures, including starfish, sea lions and sea cucumbers.
Sea Creatures: Starfish
Starfish have two feet, so that is how it can walk along the bottom. They are like little suction cups, so he can climb on the walls. They don’t have a brain, so Kathie Lee asked why they exist. They said they are the cleaners of the ocean and they clean up the bottom of the ocean, so it keeps everything balanced. Some starfish actually push their stomachs outside of their bodies and they digest their foods externally.
Call of the Wild: Sea Cucumber
Kathie Lee said it is ugly. They said it is actually related to the starfish. They are in the same group of animals. They said they actually have a very unique thing that they do to keep themselves away from predators. They actually can expel bits of their intestines out of their bodies and that is to help them get away from predators.
Call of the Wild: Sea Urchins
They said it is another relative of the starfish. Kathie Lee said it is actually a delicacy in Japan, but in the Bahamas it is not. They said no, they do not eat that here.
Ocean Life: Mini Shark
As adults, they can get up to eight to ten feet. The record has been 14 feet long and that could come from this mini shark.
Call of the Wild: Sea Lions
Russell Morgan joined the ladies with a sea lion. Hoda asked if there was a difference between a sea lion and a seal, Russell said they are closely related, but five major differences between the two. He said the easiest way to tell the difference are their ears. Another difference is the way they walk. He has her do some tricks, which are just cute and fun to watch! He said sea lions need the water for the food that they eat and for body temperature regulation. When the temperatures are not too hot, she could stay out of the water for weeks on end.