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coming down may 1 could someone tell me where the best beaches to find sand dollars and other shells in the myrtle beach area would be.

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check www.funbeaches.com

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Think it's hit and miss with shells. Depends on season and weather. We stay in pretty much the same four block area every trip. One time wide variety of shells. Next trip they're ground up into fragments.

One year a family we knew found dozens of sand dollars in Ocean Drive section. I've never even seen one other than in stores.

Best bet for shells would be the State Parks south of Myrtle. Costs a dollar or so to get in but more shells than around the rental units.

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I agree with Pop....and too it really depends on what the tide brings in. Best time to look is at low tide (check the back of the sports section in the local paper)...look in the tide pools that form then (thats where you can find shark teeth too). Ive lived here for almost 15 years, and have yet to find a full sand dollar on the beach....I say I'm good at finding sand quarters!

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whats a sand quarter

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whats a sand quarter

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one fourth of a dollar

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Ha! Exactly Pop....or you may even find sand 50 cent pieces too...guess the way the tide dumps things on the shore here, they (the sand dollars) really get busted up.

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Are there any laws protecting live sea creatures. As in a live sand dollar or starfish.

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To be honest, Pop, not for sure on that one. I know the sea turtle nests (and the hatchlings) do carry a stiff penalty if you mess with them. Their nests are well marked and usually at the exteme high tide line. And if you would see a sea mammal, i.e. dolphin, wash up on the beach, you are suppose to call DNR. As for live sand dollars, starfish, hermit crabs....I always tell people if its still alive, you can look and learn from the creature, but toss it back.....its funny that sometime if you do that, how the ocean seems to know, and will "reward" you with finding a shell you were looking for!

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Hi. I am visiting from Canada and joined Carolina Coastal University -Osher Lifelong Learning Institute who have a weekly (Fridays) excursion. One of them this year was a trip to Bulls Island. Even if you dont join OLLI you can grab the ferry from Garris Landing. The cost is $30 pp but well worth the shells and views of a barrier island. There are also alligators living on the island. Apparently bugs (including fire ants so dont put your bag down without checking first) aplenty in warmer weather. The guides provide plenty of information on the trip over.

Here is the website: www.coastalexpeditions.com

It was a great trip to a pristine island/beach..Check out Boneyard Beach on the far end of the island!!