Sand Dollars Galore

17 May

If they were only real bucks — we would be loaded! They are amazing creatures. We only harvest the dead ones and throw back the live ones. How can we tell the difference? The dead ones are very brittle and white or eggshell in color. The live ones are dark green, are soft to the touch and have fuzzy little hairs (actually spines or cilia) all over their — bodies??? Pretty cool little beasts. You can see the tiny hairs moving as you cradle the creatures in your hand. Check out these images — wanna buy a few???

***Note: The ones you buy at the seaside tourist traps are bleached white.

  

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