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Mar 28, 2015 - Mar 29, 2015
The Myrtle Beach Comic Con 2015 will take place at th...more
Mar
30
Mar 30, 2015 - Apr 2, 2015
Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars, The World's Largest Circus...more
Apr
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Apr 4, 2015
Lace up those sneakers for some early Saturday morning exe...more
Apr
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Apr 2, 2015 - Apr 4, 2015
The tournament will be conducted as a 54-hole team stroke ...more
Apr
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Apr 3, 2015 - Apr 5, 2015
During this 72-hour period, retailers city-wide will entic...more
Apr
11
Apr 11, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015
One of the most popular events all year, the plantacular s...more
Apr
13
Apr 13, 2015
What started out as a small get together to raise money fo...more
Apr
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Apr 14, 2015
Come out for one of the biggest culinary events of the yea...more
Apr
17
Apr 17, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015
The competition kicks off on April 17 with the "Anyth...more
Apr
18
Apr 18, 2015 - Apr 19, 2015
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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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