Signs of spring are in the air, land and sea. The water temperature has warmed up and all different kinds of sea creatures are showing their faces. I was fortunate to get a great viewing of a mother manatee and her new born. The weight of a newborn manatee is seventy pounds. A mature adult can weight up to two thousand pounds. The spotted eagle rays are always spectacular to see. A few southern stingray have been spotted on the beaches of Cayo Costa along with moon jellyfish. All signs of warmer weather.

Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

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