Capt. Brian’s Back Porch

Capt. Brian’s Back Porch

Somebody recently asked about my shell collection. Here are some photos of my back porch. These shells were collected in the last two years. Some were from Panama, most were collected in southwest Florida. The shells were found at low tide and high tide after winter storms and light winds. The beauty of shelling is that you never know what you will find. Kind of like my back porch or garage.
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.

  • Jen S.
    Posted at 01:55h, 09 June

    I ♥ your back porch AND your garage! Both are very cool places where there's all kinds of neat things. Your shell collection is AMAZING!!

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 01:55h, 09 June

    Nice haul. You kind of have a treasure chest of goodies there. I love the old, frosted glass bottles too.

  • Kaybe
    Posted at 02:45h, 09 June

    Holy baby ear Shell Man! I've never seen so many in one cigar box (which is awesome too)

  • Shelllady
    Posted at 02:45h, 09 June

    I agree…amazing!! Did the huge murex come from Florida??….and I love the baby ears and angel wings….Heck..I love them all!!

  • Capt. Brian
    Posted at 03:06h, 09 June

    The large murex are from Panama. One mans's trash is another mans's treasure. This family ate the murex and then threw them out by the sea. I collected the shells. (35 pounds worth) and found out they are pretty tasty. O, how I love Panama.

  • mkdally
    Posted at 21:48h, 09 June

    So amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  • Little Black Scrap Cat
    Posted at 22:42h, 09 June

    A truly amazing shell collection. Thanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:36h, 03 August

    Love the baby's ears. They are my favorite and I always feel lucky when I find one.
    What a collection, now what do you do with them?

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 00:08h, 04 August

    I always feel lucky too. I give some away. I plan on putting them in a round glass fishbowl.

  • Beachgirl
    Posted at 03:34h, 23 February

    Great collection! I have collected shells every year on Captiva since I was a little girl and never tire of it!

  • Tara
    Posted at 16:19h, 14 May

    Great collection! Being landlocked in Iowa I can only dream of a collection like this! What is the green liquid that shells are soaking in (6th picture)? Thank You for sharing your collection!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 16:24h, 14 May

    Tara, Thanks for the comment. The green liquid is Mr. Clean. I was trying to get rid of the smell of wormshells found in some funky smelling muck.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 15:38h, 08 December

    Back in Germany I very much enjoy the pictures of your gorgeous porch! I am green of envy!! All these alphabet cones and the huge horse conchs.

    I take very good care of the baby ears I found on Cayo Costa, thanks to you!

    Take care and many greetings from chilly Germany,