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5 Must-See Species at the SC Aquarium

Find these creatures among the large cast of characters that calls the South Carolina Aquarium home.

Albino American Alligator
This ghoulish gator is one of only 50 in the world, lives in the aquarium’s Blackwater Swamp exhibit, and wins our award for creepiest reptile in the Southeast.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Root, root, root for the home turtle at the aquarium—the Loggerhead has been the South Carolina state reptile (yes, there is such a thing) since 1988.

Sand Tiger Shark
After 150 million years on Earth (since before the dinosaurs), this imposing critter now spends his days in the dark, at the bottom of the ocean. Sad? Maybe. Cool? Definitely.

Bald Eagle
The national bird since 1782, and no one’s ever been sure why it’s called a “bald” eagle. Turns out, it’s just a derivation from the Old English word “balde,” meaning white. Better going gray than going bald, we suppose.

Magellanic Penguins
With March of the Penguins and Happy Feet melting hearts nationwide, these adorable, dawdling birds have been brought to South Carolina from the coasts of Chile and Argentina to enjoy their newfound celebrity.

Also Keep an Eye Out for:
The Sand Fiddler Crab at the Saltmarsh exhibit—these beach bums pick up mates by waving their one claw back and forth, resembling (some marine biologist once thought) a fiddle player.

100 Aquarium Wharf, 843.720.1990,