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Aug
31
Aug 31, 2015 - Sep 4, 2015
Joining you in Myrtle Beach will be more than 3,000 golfer...more
Sep
4
Sep 4, 2015 - Sep 5, 2015
The 10th Annual Beach, Boogie and BBQ Festival returns to ...more
Sep
4
Sep 4, 2015 - Sep 6, 2015
The Fifth Annual Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine and Spirits F...more
Sep
11
Sep 11, 2015
Commemorate our loved ones that fell victim to the 9-11 at...more
Sep
9
Sep 9, 2015 - Sep 11, 2015
Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars, The World's Largest Circus...more
Sep
19
Sep 19, 2015
We invite you to visit us for the 36th Annual Aynor Harves...more
Sep
16
Sep 16, 2015 - Sep 19, 2015
The 42nd Annual Meeting of the South Atlantic Shrine ...more
Sep
19
Sep 19, 2015
Crady's Eclectic Cuisine announces the second annual Mac N...more
Sep
19
Sep 19, 2015
Visit us in N. Myrtle Beach, SC and attend our first-ever ...more
Sep
27
Sep 27, 2015
The Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association is in the mi...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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