What Mom founds was lots and LOTS of sand dollars - and the vast majority were still alive. Now you are probably wondering "how do you tell when they are still alive?" Most of the time they still have some color on the top but the real sign is when you turn them over - there is brown fuzzy layer of tiny tentacles that you can see moving. Mom says it is super important to NEVER take live ones as they are the ones that will breed future sand dollars. Mom carefully dug a small hole and put this one back into its hiding place. She also found her first ever baby Horse Conch shell which made her super happy and then when she was poking around the rocks along the break water she found a heap of empty rock snail shells and also all different sized olive shells. Her quiet inspecting the beach for ME - turned out to be a good shelling day for her.
|Tentacles on the underside|
|Live Sand Dollar - Still some color on top|
|Baby Horse Conch Shell|
|Olives and Rock Snail Shells|