Saw this article on one of my favorite local blogs: Showstrings Weekends Blog, and I had to share it here.
Here in the Keys those that live down here are called "Conchs" after the beautiful and might I say delicious shelled mollusks that were a diet staple of the Keys until over-harvesting prohibited their capture.
"Florida Key's Most Beautiful Conch Shell
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the most beautiful conch shell in the entire 126.7 miles of the Florida Keys! Though it's not the biggest, that's reserved for Key West High School's 18′ Welded Mascot on display out in front of their parking lot.
This is by far has the most picturesque surroundings of conch shell by a lo0oooooong shot! As you can see, this is the focal point of the incredibly popular tourist attraction called "Theater Of The Sea", a marine mammal park similar to a scaled down version of Sea World. By positioning yourself and standing at the right angle you can create and take one of your vacations most beautifully pre-planned vacations photos. I promise it will only take you 4 minutes to stop, take your photo and hop back in your car and continue your southward journey. It's well worth your time, as you can see by the photo I've taken and published above of the fountain, conch shell, flags, waterfall & sign.
You can find this impossible to miss eye-catcher of a conch shell on the left hand side of the road at Mile Marker 84.4 smack dab in front of the Theater Of The Sea."
A side note to this story, from Mykael. I have been following this particular sculpture for some time, as it was originally commissioned for a now defunct restaurant dubbed "the Hard Conch Cafe" at the infamous Holiday Isle Resort. Now It sits gracefully at Theater of the Sea.