When my husband and I were snorkeling, he picked up a sand dollar and handed it to me. It was vibrant with brown, beige, and a hint of green and tiny villi fibers to its edge. The slight time I held it in my hand I felt it breathing and immediately put it back in the sand. (It must have been a terrifying time for the creature.) It made me wonder what does the sand dollar has to teach us. Sand dollars can camouflage themselves. Since we were snorkeling in waters with light beige sand and sea grass, it made itself appear like the floor of the ocean.
If my husband would have continued looking he would have found more than one sand dollar, since they tend to move in groups, which makes them social. The little slender villi on the edge of the round body I saw help the creature to hide in the sand by throwing sand over its body. The white bleached sand dollars we usually see in giftshops had died and were washed ashore or were taken from shallow waters and left in the sun to die.
Scientists have discovered that sand dollars can even clone themselves. Doubles confuse would be predators. To find out more about this particular phenomenon click here. The sand dollar received its name because its round, flat shape resembled a coin.
Sand Dollar Connections
- Ability to blend in
- Internal Strength
- Freedom of movement
- We could be caught in a dilemma
- Need inspiration
- Need protection
- The sand dollar emphasizes the value of teamwork, when we might not be feeling it.
You can call on a sand dollar as a spirit guide too.
- They can help make fast decisions
- When you feel hopeless
- When you feel threatened
- Improve your intellect
- When you want to reconnect
Of course, I want to know if the sand dollar message was for me, my husband, both of us, or someone reading this right now. You decide.