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Nov
22
Nov 22, 2014
Kick off the holiday season with great musical and dancing...more
Nov
29
Nov 29, 2014
Each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the curtain ...more
Nov
29
Nov 29, 2014
SC-Coastal Animal Rescue & Educational Sanctuary, anno...more
Nov
28
Nov 28, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014
Many of the retail stores throughout the area will be havi...more
Dec
6
Dec 6, 2014
The Annual SHIVER FOR THE SHELTER Golf Tournament, present...more
Dec
5
Dec 5, 2014 - Dec 7, 2014
Our long-running show is always the first weekend of Decem...more
Dec
13
Dec 13, 2014
This December, over 3,000 youth athletes will journey to M...more
Dec
14
Dec 14, 2014
The 11th Annual Christmas Towne is coming to the Myrtle Be...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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