Found laying on the beach at Gulf Shores on November 23, 2011. Blended in so well with the sand I am not sure how I saw it. But, I did. Now, I am in no way an expert, but, I suspect this is a jellyfish, interesting the red streaks. (No expert, but, learning!!!!)
The next 3 photos were taken December 1, 2011 off the Gulf State Park fishing pier. I did zoom with the Sony to take these photos. The first two photos were only cropped, no color correction was done with the photo editing software. This is very close, colorwise, to what I saw with my eye.
The following photo, is the same one as above, but, I did do an "auto correct" with the photo editing software. Auto correct will give stunning results sometimes.
On December 9th, Man wanted to see if he could find a jellyfish on the beach. What we found instead was Portuguese Man-Of-War. Lots of them, way up the beach, further than we usually see shells that have washed up.
* There is an interesting article on the problems caused by jellyfish, here. You can read about the Portuguese Man-of-War, here. Nasty business. Purple flags are still flying as of December 14th. Won't be doing any beaches any time soon barefooted, I can promise you that.