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sand dollar

sand dollar
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Copyright: Andrea Faust (afaust) (32)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2004-08
Categories: Echinoderms
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE A1
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-08-27 11:11
Viewed: 6626
Points: 11
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This is a sand dollar. When they're alive they have kind of a dark, rough fuzz on the outside of their shells. When they are dead and get washed up on the beach, the fuzz comes off (or maybe gets rubbed off on the sand?) and the shell becomes nearly white showing off this beautiful star shaped thing in the middle.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-08-27 14:43]

Wonderful photo! You have captured all the detail and that must not have been easy with the monotone palette...I can almost feel the rough texture of the Sand Dollar.

1st welcome to TN
Is this what I might call a sea urchin?
Very intresting image , it say B & W but it looks coloured is it an optical illution

Great texture in this on-shore shot. The details in the sand dollar are very nice. Well done.

Nice sand dollar. the fuzz just falls off when it dies the sand dose not rub it off becuase when it is alive it lives in the sand hidden under it. when it feeds it sticks up halfway out of the sand catching its food. when they dry out you can crak them open and find little stars inside.

very interessant


Hi Andrea
I believe there is a similar shell found in the Mozambique channel. Unfortunately I do not know the name.



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