Coastal Care Junior

Dead or alive? 3 ways to spot the difference between a live sand dollar and souvenir

Photo source: © Gordon


Have you ever scoured the beach hunting for that perfect sand dollar to take home as a souvenir? Or perhaps plucked one of them out of the water?

It could’ve been alive.

Many beachgoers don’t realize that sand dollars are living creatures. They’re a type of sea urchin in a class called Echinoids, or spiny-skinned creatures…


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