One of the best parts of going to the beach is exploring the sand and finding hidden treasures. One of my favorites was always sand dollars. I loved the star on their backs and their beautiful white coloring. Sadly, until today I never realized that that’s what a sand dollar looks like after it dies.
Also, just because it’s pretty darn amazing, here’s what’s inside a sand dollar…they look like little doves!
Turns out, living sand dollars are actually dark purple. When they first die, they start to fade, but retain that star shape.
But when they’re alive? They’re still so pretty. Until you flip them over. Apparently the underside of a sand dollar is where nightmares come from. They have hundreds of wiggling flanges that move food toward their mouth at the center…that hole we see on the bottom. Seriously, you have to see what these things look like!