>> The birds at the South Carolina Aquarium might be heading for the roost early on Monday, that's because the solar eclipse is heading straight over them. Their salt water marsh aviary habitat falls within the 70 mile wide path of totality. The moon will pass between the sun and Earth, plunging the aquarium into darkness.
The rare event giving wildlife experts a chance to see how the eclipse affects animals.>> They don't know it's coming yet, so it'll be a big surprise to them.>> Aquarium aviculturist Monty Wallace says the midday total eclipse could cause some confusion for his birds. The aquarium will be using a GoPro to monitor the exhibit.
Wallace will be focusing on the nocturnal Yellow Crown Night heron and the diurnal Little Blue heron.>> Maybe the nocturnal heron to be more foraging for food and the Little Blue being more active during the daytime may take that time as the eclipse is approaching and happening to take some refuge in the trees.
>> The aquarium will also setup a GoPro in its mountain forest exhibit. That's where its two river otters live. When the moon's outer shadow arrives mid-day on Monday, the otters will be sleeping. Totality meanwhile is expected at 2:46PM after the otter's naps. Says Kendall Enter, the aquarium's animal behaviorist senior biologist.
>> That's when they kinda start waking back up, and are a little bit more interested in trying to find, okay, where's my food? Where's it coming? It's almost time for their dinner. So that's what I'm kind of expecting. So they're either going to be sleeping through it, or they're gonna wake up expecting their food.
>> Hungry or not, workers at the aquarium looking forward to witnessing the once in a lifetime eclipse through the eyes of their inhabitants.