2 Sand dollars trying to stay wet.

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Majid Salehyar on August 9, 2009


What is sand dollars? just a stone? I do not know!!!


a3a35919 on August 10, 2009

Sand dollars (order Clypeasteroida) are flat, round marine animals related to sea urchins, sea stars, and other echinoderms. The most common sand dollar, Echinarachnius parma, is widespread in circumpolar ocean waters of the Northern Hemisphere, from the intertidal zone to considerable depths. A sand dollar has a rigid skeleton known as a test. When sand dollars are living, they have a skin of motile spines covering the test. Movement is accomplished by the coordinated action of the spines. Like sea urchins, sand dollars have five paired rows of pores. In sand dollars they are arranged in a petal-like pattern. These pores are perforations in the endoskeleton through which the podia, used in gas exchange, project from the body.The term sand dollar refers to the round flat shape of the test which is similar to a large coin. By the time the test washes up on the beach, it is usually missing its velvety covering of minute spines and has a somewhat bleached and often slightly greenish appearance due to its exposure to sunlight. Because the bare test is often the only part of the animal which is seen, it is commonly referred to in isolation as a sand dollar.

I hope that explains it Majid, Youtube has a video that is kind of neat to watch as well.Cheers Danny

jenper on August 10, 2009

Wow!! I dont want to know anything more about sand-dollars!! Pretty water and light efects,Danny!! greetings, jenper

a3a35919 on August 10, 2009

Thanx jenper, he wanted to know. Years ago had to get a book to find all this info, but now, the inernet at your fingertips makes it so easy. Glad you enjoyed the water and light effects. Cheers to you, Danny

leoxrysa on August 19, 2009

Well, my little boy wanted to play with him and ofcourse I put him back to the water!

a3a35919 on August 19, 2009

Thats αστείο Leo. ha, ha! Η τόσο ωραία που συνεχώς έρχονται στο site μου και να δείτε τα πράγματά μου. Χαίρομαι που έχω για ένα φίλο σας στην Ελλάδα. Cheers Danny

leoxrysa on August 21, 2009

I'm glad too, Dnny!!! You were the first person who visit my gallery and makes nice comments! I feel very very happy!!! Thank you!

leoxrysa on August 21, 2009


Mahdi Kalhor on August 25, 2009

Very well done.

Thanks for your information!

Kind regards to you,


a3a35919 on August 25, 2009

You very welcome, Mahdi, come again anytime. Cheers:)) Danny

Cindy Breen on May 3, 2010

Another interesting read Danny I learn more and more every day :-)) Marion

a3a35919 on May 3, 2010

Got any of these ? And never to old to learn! Cheers to you, thanks for all the visits and kind words Marion .


Cindy Breen on April 13, 2011

Hi Danny so I have seen these before...Great to see them have not them here...Great to see...marion

a3a35919 on April 14, 2011

Thanx Marion, see something here , you don't have there! :)))))

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