Environmental Appreciation: 10 Interesting Facts about Sand Dollars

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10 Interesting Facts about Sand Dollars

Collecting petal-patterned sand dollars on the seashore is a popular hobby among beach-goers. The beauty of these flatten discs have the holistic power to instantly enlighten sadden souls. Although quite popular, most people know very little about them, until now that is. Below are 10 interesting facts about sand dollars…

10 Interesting Facts about Sand Dollars:

  1. Sand dollars are a type of echinoids that are closely related to sea urchins, starfish and sea cucumbers.
  2. They feed on algae, plankton and other tiny organisms.
  3. The mouth of a sand dollar is located on the bottom and in the center of its petal-pattern.
  4. Living sand dollars can appear in many colors including green, blue, violet and purple.
  5. When dead, they wash up on the seashore, fossilize and become bleached by the sun.
  6. Sand dollars are also known as sea cookies, pansy shells and snapper biscuits.
  7. Sand dollars live in colonies burrowed beneath the seabed.
  8. The bottom of a living sand dollars is covered with a layer of soft “fuzz” that acts as arms and legs, helping them glide lazily through the seabed.
  9. Fossilized sand dollars are often mistaken for shells.
  10. Legend states that the five slits present on sand dollars represents the wounds of Christ on the cross.

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