Summer Beach Combing Oregon Coast

Posted on: August 01, 2012

Summer Beach Combing on the Oregon coast… Sand Dollars are the Number 1 Most Searched Item

Sand Dollar in front of Surftides Lincoln City

The best time to hunt for sand dollars is when the tide is going out. One common misconception is that sand dollars only show up after a storm in the winter. This is not true. The reason you find more items after storms is because there are less people on the beach, not less items.
If there are a lot of rocks on the beach… pick another beach. Waves & Rocks translate into Broken Sand Dollars
Get there before anyone else.
Walk a mile or more further than other searchers are willing to go and you are more likely to find Sand Dollars that are on top of the sand.
Look for the buried Sand Dollars. Many Sand Dollars are left uncollected because only a small edge is showing above the sand.
The name sand dollar comes from it’s shape and color after it dies and washes up on the beach. At that point it is usually missing its velvety covering of minute spines and is often bleached white by the sunlight.
In many species the beach-worn Sand Dollar is quite similar in shape and size to a large coin, and the whiteness makes it resemble a large silver coin, for example the old Spanish Dollar coin, or the American Dollar coin that are between 38 and 40mm in diameter. Other names include sand-cake and cake-urchin. In Spanish, such as in Costa Rica, a sand dollar is known as a “galleta de mar” (sea cookie). In South Africa, they are known as pansy shells from the five-petaled pansy garden flower.
One thing that is for certain is everyone who finds one feels a special connection to the sea.
You never know what treasures you may find, so keep looking and happy hunting.

Discovering tsunami debris on the Oregon coast..

When you are out beach combing…Please remember to Call 211 for anything questionable nature such as barrels or containers of liquids that may pose a health risk to you or anyone else on the beach. Please don’t try to remove it yourself.
“The hotline will allow the public to help keep Oregon’s beaches clean and return any missing Japanese property to its rightful owners, the governor said. He also said Brig. Gen. Mike Caldwell, deputy director of the Oregon National Guard and interim director of the state’s Office of Emergency Management, will be responsible for coordinating the response and cleanup efforts among state agencies.