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Dec
21
Dec 21, 2014
Family fun event including games, prizes and a scavenger h...more
Dec
17
Dec 17, 2014 - Dec 22, 2014
Premier holiday basketball tournament featuring the nation...more
Dec
27
Dec 27, 2014
Come support the local Grand Strand Humane Society and get...more
Nov
29
Nov 29, 2014 - Dec 27, 2014
Holidays on the Boardwalk is where all the magic begins! I...more
Dec
6
Dec 6, 2014 - Dec 27, 2014
Holidays on the Boardwalk...in the heart of Myrtle Beach o...more
Dec
27
Dec 27, 2014
Camel rides and Polar Express train rides at Ninth Avenue ...more
Dec
26
Dec 26, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014
Premier holiday basketball tournament attracting nation's ...more
Nov
1
Nov 1, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014
Over 50 trees uniquely decorated to represent a state from...more
Dec
31
Dec 31, 2014
All proceeds from this polar plunge benefit the American C...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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