Wee Sand Dollar

Shortly after moving to the Central Oregon Coast I was delighted to find a tiny Sand Dollar (Dendraster excentricus)*, roughly the size of a dime. It was the smallest one I had yet found…until today.

How in the world did this tiny, delicate, calcium carbonate structure survive the pounding surf, tumbling beach cobbles, and footsteps of beach combers? New treasures every day…

Today’s wee Sand Dollar, both tiny Sand Dollars.

 

*Technically, I found Sand Dollar tests (the proper term for their skeletal remains).

Today’s Treasures

 

Driftwood balancing act, horses on the beach, tiny Dungeness Crab, unknown fossil and Katherinella (bivalve) fossil both from the Astoria Formation (17-15 mya).