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May
27
May 27, 2015 - May 30, 2015
The 32nd Annual National Retired Military Golf Classic is ...more
May
1
May 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015
Myrtle Beach celebrates Military Appreciation Days during ...more
May
30
May 30, 2015 - May 31, 2015
Taking place annually in downtown Myrtle Beach, The Native...more
Jun
4
Jun 4, 2015
Myrtle Beach, S.C.'s summer season is quickly approaching,...more
Jun
5
Jun 5, 2015 - Jun 7, 2015
Grab a cowboy hat and a pair of flip-flops, as country mus...more
Jun
13
Jun 13, 2015
The South Carolina State Firefighter's Foundation, in...more
Jul
4
Jul 4, 2015
Don't miss this annual Inlet patriotic tradition! &nb...more
Jun
19
Jun 19, 2015 - Jul 9, 2015
The Youth Baseball Nationals is the premier youth bas...more
Jul
15
Jul 15, 2015 - Jul 18, 2015
Fathers and sons unite in "The Seaside Golf Capital o...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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