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Keyhole Sand Dollar
Arrowhead Sand Dollar
Sand dollars are found in groups along the sandy bottom of the ocean. When alive they have a dark appearance and can be brown, black or purple.
We always picture them as being white but that happens when they are washed up on shore and bleached by the sun. Those are the ones we beachcomb for….you should never keep any living sand dollars…live and let live.
I have a lot of broken pieces but very few whole sand dollars.
One day while walking along the beach at Ponce Inlet, a woman walked up to me and gave me a sand dollar she had found!
The Coffee melampus shell is small and roundish. The one I photographed is brown in color with horizontal stripes. The hermit crab which was carrying the shell, was hidden down under the large crown conch. It’s one of those small shells which would be easy to overlook while beach-combing. The living crown conchs seemed to […]Read More…
The Bruised Nassa shell is so small that it would be very easy to miss on a sandy beach. They only grow to be 3/4 of an inch and this one is about a half inch. Luckily there was no hermit crab inside so I brought it home to get these photos. I found this […]Read More…
When a reader left me a comment about my big horse conch photo, saying that it looked unusual, I began to look more closely at the horse conch photos I had taken and compare them with photos online. Apparently the horse conchs I usually find are called “knobless wonder”. This is because they lack the […]Read More…