Kathie Lee and Hoda: Sea Lion Kiss
Sara left Manhattan for a day to visit the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, where she met creatures from cute to less than cuddly. First, Sara stopped by the sea lion tank where she received what could only have been a wet, slippery kiss from one of the inhabitants. “He looks like my chihuahua,” Sara said. “You must have a big chihuahua,” her tour guide said. She wasn’t kidding! Sea lions can weigh up to 600 pounds! “I’m pretty sure I have fish guts on my face,” Sara said after the smooch.
Today Show: Long Island Aquarium Butterfly Sanctuary
Next, it was onto the butterfly sanctuary, where Sara helped the resident butterfly expert trim pupae for hatching. “How many different types of butterflies do you have flying at any one time?” Sara asked the butterfly expert. “Right now, about 40 different species,” he told her. Beautiful wing patterns and pretty flowers all made for an enjoyable experience in the butterfly sanctuary. After visiting these flying friends, Sara went on to see the birds. “If he poops up there, I quit!” Sara joked. But it wasn’t long before one of her winged friends decided her hair was the perfect place to use the bathroom. Despite the messy encounter, Sara pressed on.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Cute Penguins and Swimming With Sharks
“The promise of cute kept me pushing ahead,” Sara said about going to see the penguins. Sara met penguin siblings Pam and Kevin, who waddled around under her as she donned a plush penguin hat. Sara was full of questions. “How much do they eat a day?” She asked her tour guide. The answer was surprising considering their small size. “On average, about 10 percent of their body weight. So about 10 pounds a day. That’s 40 quarter pounders,” he responded.
Very impressive for such a small animal! After her meeting with the penguin brother and sister, Sara went to swim with one of the world’s most deadliest predators. “Have they been fed today?” she asked nervously. “Not yet,” her tour guide told her. “We’re gonna become chum!” Sara exclaimed.
Although it would’ve made for an interesting episode, Sara was safe within the cage and had no risk of becoming breakfast for the sharks. She was lowered into the tank in full scuba gear, getting up close and personal with the vicious predator. Despite the proximity to danger, Sara declared it an incredible experience.