An Epic Find

An Epic Find

Kathy and I traveled by boat to explore new territory. She has a knack for finding great treasures from the sea whether it is a small tulip or a perfect sand dollar. On this trip she found an amazing lightning whelk and the biggest horse conch I have ever witnessed in the wild. The opening of this large conch was over 5 inches. It was a once in a lifetime find! I was happy to be a part of this epic shell find. WOW!
          Capt. Brian
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.

  • Gail Douglas
    Posted at 11:10h, 09 February

    What a fun day! Fabulous shots of the living animals.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 11:10h, 09 February

    WOW!! I'm taking notes…. 🙂

  • Morgan
    Posted at 22:02h, 10 February


  • Nancy
    Posted at 17:13h, 11 February

    You and your horse conchs – very exciting!! I am coveting that whelk 🙂 The puffer fish is really cute!