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Jul
4
Jul 4, 2015
The 32nd Murrells Inlet 4th of July Boat Parade is pleased...more
Jul
4
Jul 4, 2015
The 2015 Salute From the Shore flyover returns for the six...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
Jul
13
Jul 13, 2015 - Jul 19, 2015
Registration information and other details is now availabl...more
Aug
16
Aug 16, 2015
August 16, Ricky Skaggs will appear with his band, Kentuck...more
Aug
22
Aug 22, 2015
South Carolina's Largest Garage Sale returns to the Myrtle...more
Jun
1
Jun 1, 2015 - Aug 29, 2015
Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach's Waterway center's a...more
Aug
30
Aug 30, 2015
Gloria Gaynor will appear at The Calvin Gilmore Theater on...more
Jun
3
Jun 3, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015
The Grand Strand is heating up again for Myrtle Beach...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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