Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Did You Know?

I didn't.......until today when I looked it up.

We went to a beach in Eastern Passage (just outside Dartmouth) yesterday morning.
We three Amigos walked the boardwalk and the beach.

We came across this Sand Dollar snuggled into the sand.

The term 'Sand Dollar' refers to species of extremely flattened, 
burrowing sea urchins belonging to the order Clypeasteroida .

Also (the following taken from Wikipedia).....
"Sand Dollars, like all members of the order Clypeasteroida, possess 
a rigid skeleton known as a 'test'. The test consists of calcium
carbonate plates arranged in a fivefold radial pattern.
They move across the seabed using their velvet-textured spines.
When they are alive they can be green, blue, violet or purple.
When they die, they wash ashore and are bleached white by sunlight."

A little background on this little guy/gal.

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