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Jan
30
Jan 30, 2015 - Jan 31, 2015
It's the 32nd anniversary. Come see Shagging with the Star...more
Jan
31
Jan 31, 2015
Spend a Saturday afternoon exploring the shops and restaur...more
Feb
2
Feb 2, 2015 - Feb 4, 2015
The Myrtle Beach Preseason Classic is teeing off its inaug...more
Feb
7
Feb 7, 2015 - Feb 8, 2015
23rd Annual Show; Open to the public; Youth area; Stamps,...more
Feb
12
Feb 12, 2015 - Feb 13, 2015
The fifth Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of...more
Feb
12
Feb 12, 2015 - Feb 14, 2015
Racing enthusiasts will have the chance to brave the chill...more
Feb
15
Feb 15, 2015
Join Surfrider on Sunday, Feb. 15, in Celebrity Square, Br...more
Feb
21
Feb 21, 2015
Ron and Natalie Daise will present dramatic readings from ...more
Feb
21
Feb 21, 2015
The 7th Annual Shuckin’ on the Strand Oyster Roast, ...more
Feb
22
Feb 22, 2015
This event will provide seasoned art collectors and newcom...more
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We invite you to enjoy the many exciting activities Myrtle Beach has to offer…more

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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