Sand Dollars Pretty findings along the Oregon Coast
If you walk the beach in Oregon, you won’t just find driftwood and shells. In addition to the many scattered crab skeletons left by seagulls or washed up by the wild currents, the rare sand dollars can be found here. These belong to the class of sea urchins and live on shallow sandy shores. They have only very small spines and a large number of ambulacral feet. On these they can only move forward and quite slowly, but at least they can bury themselves completely in the sand within about a minute. Have you heard of the “Lantern of Aristotle”? This is the name given to the five-pointed jaw apparatus on the top of the sand dollar. On the beach, however, we don’t find the living hairy-looking sea urchins, but their dried, hard exoskeleton. Apart from the round shape, all that remains of the previous appearance is the five-petaled flower shape.
Even though the pretty beach findings have not been recognized as currency in the U.S., despite their name, they definitely belong to a picture of the Oregon Coast! So, EYES OPEN!