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Mar
7
Mar 7, 2015
Eagerly anticipated each year in Myrtle Beach, the Art Mus...more
Mar
3
Mar 3, 2015 - Mar 8, 2015
The Myrtle Beach area is thrilled to, once again, welcome ...more
Mar
13
Mar 13, 2015
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Downtown Conway with the 5t...more
Mar
14
Mar 14, 2015
The 27th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival and Parade will...more
Mar
12
Mar 12, 2015 - Mar 14, 2015
The NSDC started in Myrtle Beach in 1984 and is the longes...more
Mar
14
Mar 14, 2015
Come out for a night of dinner, dancing, a silent auction,...more
Mar
14
Mar 14, 2015 - Mar 15, 2015
Welcome to the 2015 World Famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk St...more
Mar
19
Mar 19, 2015 - Mar 21, 2015
The Pee Dee Street Rodders and City of Myrtle Beach presen...more
Mar
14
Mar 14, 2015 - Mar 22, 2015
The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to ce...more
Mar
24
Mar 24, 2015
The TechEXPO is a gathering of businesses and education to...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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