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1
Jun 1, 2014 - Sep 1, 2014
The Boardwalk District's celebration of summer known as Ho...more
Sep
6
Sep 6, 2014
South Carolina's Largest Garage Sale returns to the Myrtle...more
Sep
12
Sep 12, 2014
The Hospitality Classic Golf Tournament Presented by HBO w...more
Sep
13
Sep 13, 2014
The 6th Annual contest for Mr. Myrtle Beach will be held a...more
Jun
1
Jun 1, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014
Hot Summer Nights 2014 is an all summer, everyday, FREE ev...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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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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