Great gator photo – even if staged. Had quite the shell collection but it now lies beneath the foundation of a strip mall in GA. As for coquinas, used to collect the shells en masse when a kid and glue them onto old Michelob bottles – kid’s busy art. My grandfather actually cooked them up into an odd stew. Although I dig into the sand and look for them at each beach I visit, they seem to have declined severely in numbers. I remember each being a different combination of pastel colors, and no two seemed the same. Similar declines of the small colored shrimp seen while snorkling off Clearwater pier (they’re gone), and the Sand Dollars at Paradise Beach. Sadly, a lot more people and far fewer creatures.
BTW, my sister has quite the collection of shark’s teeth gathered from the beaches of Neptune, Atlantic and Jax beach, so they are (were) there at one time.