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Apr
26
Apr 26, 2015
Five hundred dollar cash prize for the biggest weight catc...more
Apr
17
Apr 17, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015
Each year at the end of April the coming of Spring is cele...more
May
2
May 2, 2015
A street festival in Downtown Conway featuring a classic c...more
May
2
May 2, 2015
Taste of the Coast is an annual celebration of the Grand S...more
May
9
May 9, 2015
Kickoff your summer in North Myrtle Beach during the month...more
May
16
May 16, 2015
The Military Appreciation Days Parade steps off at 10:30 a...more
May
16
May 16, 2015 - May 17, 2015
The purpose of this festival is and will continue to be, o...more
May
15
May 15, 2015 - May 17, 2015
XCON World is an annual comic convention & show which ...more
May
17
May 17, 2015 - May 20, 2015
2015 will mark the 16th year of this 2 person team event, ...more
May
27
May 27, 2015 - May 30, 2015
The 32nd Annual National Retired Military Golf Classic is ...more
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Seashells & Fossils

Ocean Treasures

The coastal waters of South Carolina are teeming with seashells. In fact, more than 700 species live in these waters. Common local shells include whelks, angel wings, arks, pen shells, augers, cockles, slipper shells, jingles, coquina, and olive shells. Starfish, sea urchins, and sand dollars can also be found on area beaches.

Sand dollars are an especially popular find. When these creatures are alive, they have a dark, fur-like covering. They turn white after they die, or when they wash up on the beach and the sun bleaches them out. Sand dollars are extremely fragile. Many souvenir shops sell sand dollars as well as post cards containing "The Legend of the Sand Dollar." Other seashells -- both native and from other parts of the world -- also are sold locally.

Searching for fossils is another popular pastime. The most common fossils found on area beaches are sharks teeth, which are usually black or dark brown. Fossilized sharks teeth are millions of years old. Vacationers often purchase necklaces and other jewelry made with sharks teeth. Other fossils found in the area include animal bones, horses' teeth, and fossilized shells.

The best times to look for shells and fossils are on an outgoing tide, during a new or full moon, and after a storm. Tide charts and information about moon phases can be found on the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Web site on the Weather page.

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