Capt. Brian’s New Shell Board

Capt. Brian’s New Shell Board

What is a shell board?

I had this idea…why not make a board that I could display and photograph my client’s shells on at the end of the trip. I usually put the shells on the fish cleaning table to take pictures.  Many times I want to show how big or small a shell is. You will notice numbers across the bottom that are black and white and indicate inches.  I took this idea from one of my archaeology books. I put a few shells from the back porch on it for a “Test Run” today.  I soon realized that I need the black and white numbers on both sides going up the board.  The back of the board is an area for people to sign after the trip, if they wish.  Yes, we will have a “signing of the shell board”. There you have it, Capt. Brian’s shell board!

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.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 02:01h, 13 October

    Oh Brian, I love that idea!! People are going to flip for that.

  • gpc
    Posted at 02:01h, 13 October

    That's a great idea — better than all my shell photos with a dime for comparison!

  • ~Lavender Dreamer~
    Posted at 01:56h, 14 October

    What an awesome idea! I'm looking for any and all ways to display my shells! This would be perfect for the special ones!

  • Moira
    Posted at 02:34h, 16 October

    Great idea!!! Everyone will love having their shells featured on your shell board! If I were younger, I would definitely 'flip'!!