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Topic: A Sand Dollars Dove [Macro challenge entry]  (Read 2297 times)
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« on: May 12, 2008 09:47:39 PM »

Last year while on vacation in Florida my family and I picked up several dozen sand dollars and a few broke apart while sunbleaching. Remembering things I'd learned in Marine Biology class, I shook these little babies out of the broken dollars.

This is called a "dove" because of its resemblance to the bird. It is actually a sand dollar tooth if I'm not mistaken. There are 5 in every sand dollar and are said to bring good will and peace when the doves are "released".

You can read more about the legend of the sand dollar and its doves here:

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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2008 10:08:56 PM »

That's really gorgeous. I've never seen that before. How exactly do you break them apart? I love how much of the structure you can see in the photo. It almost makes it look like lungs.
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2008 11:12:42 PM »

Cool pic!  You brought back memories to me!  We used to get sand dollars when we were little from this treasure store.  We live in Minnesota(so very far from the ocean!) and thought they were the coolest thing ever.  We'd always see who could keep theirs unbroken the longest...I would always break mine right away to get the little doves then feel bad for doing it.  Good times, good times.
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2008 05:58:02 AM »

That's really gorgeous. I've never seen that before. How exactly do you break them apart? I love how much of the structure you can see in the photo. It almost makes it look like lungs.

Mine just broke apart on their own because they were quite brittle after they bleached out, but you can just break it in half if you wanted to. You can usually hear them if you shake a dry sand dollar around, and once it's broken you can just shake the doves out.
Theres also a star-like thing in the middle too, I'm not really sure what it is though. (Possibly it's mouth opening?) This one was the only one I could find in-tact, so they're probably more difficult to find (whole) than doves.


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