You see, Candide?
Never listen to anyone else (including moi - especially moi), but I think the gull makes it. Young, or ancient as mariners (they all look the same to me), it's the juxtaposition between fresh life and an ancient death. Some would rent smoke by the dollars to get what you got.
Yes, I think having the gull in the shot definitely helps. I was hoping an actual person might happen by, but my only companion was the bird. But I thought it was pretty cool that he let me walk right up to him and shoot.
As for the other shot of the boardwalk, I thought about having the right side disappear more into the mist, but then I thought it might force me to crop some off the right side, thereby changing the aspect ratio. I wasn't keen to do that. But I might go back and play with it some more just to see.