VIDEO: A Girl Finds A Sand Dollar That Is Actually Alive & It’s Kind Of Creepy

by McIntosh | May 18, 2016 2:37 am

Sand dollars are surprising creatures that are indeed alive, despite the fact they seem like they don’t breathe or move along the bottom of the ocean.[1] How do they do it? Take a look, and learn…


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Courtesy of YouTube channel “Sea Something,” you’re about to learn that sand dollars are leaving, breathing creatures, plus the fascinating difference between a live and a dead sand dollar.

You’re probably used to seeing dead sand dollars, which are light-white to greenish-yellow in color. You can clearly see the grooves and opening at the bottom, which means the sand dollar is no longer alive. But when she goes back to the live sand dollar, there’s a big difference. This one is a blackish/purple color, and when she flips it over and zooms in, you can clearly see the dollar’s moving bristles. Yikes! It’s pretty incredible… yet equally creepy. I had no idea!

I have actually never seen a live sand dollar before. I know, I live a sheltered life. But maybe next time I find myself by the ocean, I’ll keep an eye out for a micro tentacled one!

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