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Oct 3, 2014 - Oct 4, 2014
The 7th annual Oktoberfest at The Market Common runs Oct. ...more
Oct
3
Oct 3, 2014 - Oct 5, 2014
The scary-good times start Friday night, Oct. 3, 2014 as t...more
Oct
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Oct 11, 2014
Welcome to the 2014 World Famous Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest ...more
Oct
10
Oct 10, 2014 - Oct 11, 2014
Thanks For The Memories, Friday at dusk and Saturday, 12 t...more
Oct
2
Oct 2, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014
The 24th annual Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art a...more
Oct
10
Oct 10, 2014 - Oct 13, 2014
The scary-good times start Friday night, Oct. 3, 2014 as t...more
Oct
12
Oct 12, 2014 - Oct 15, 2014
The GFOASC 30th Fall Conference registration form is now a...more
Oct
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Oct 18, 2014
The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premier...more
Oct
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Oct 17, 2014 - Oct 18, 2014
Weekend Concert Schedule: Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, 7 p.m. - ...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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