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Sep
27
Sep 27, 2014
The City of North Myrtle Beach will host the 11th Annual I...more
Sep
28
Sep 28, 2014
Enjoy live bluegrass music while experiencing a six-course...more
Sep
25
Sep 25, 2014 - Sep 28, 2014
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Sep
28
Sep 28, 2014
Mothers, daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters of all...more
Sep
28
Sep 28, 2014
The Market Common Triathlon will put fun back into the spo...more
Oct
3
Oct 3, 2014 - Oct 4, 2014
The 7th annual Oktoberfest at The Market Common runs Oct. ...more
Oct
10
Oct 10, 2014 - Oct 11, 2014
Thanks For The Memories, Friday at dusk and Saturday, 12 t...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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