Captain Brian Shelling

Captain Brian Shelling

The December full moon is today, December 11th. It’s also the birthday of the great American writer and poet Jim Harrison. Throw in a negative low tide and you have three great things going on today. Last week I spent some time camping on Cayo Costa and exploring the plant life with my camera .I was back from the island for a day before I felt the urge to go back and explore the south end on this negative low tide. I left the dock at 8:50. Robert Earl Keen was riding shotgun singing ” Come on Willie, can’t you hear the thunder”.  The trip up was a little bumpy, but worth it when I saw the shells at the south end. The tide was lower than expected. The point of the island was good in the usual spots. The finds of the day were a Carmel colored worm shell, a large alphabet cone, and two olives with unique markings. One of the olives has a white stripe at the edge of the shell, the other one has a white mark in the lettering part of the shell. I hope to get some photos of last weeks exploring trip up soon. Enjoy the full moon, it’s the last one of the year.

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 03:45h, 12 December

    I had my best shelling night ever one year during a low tide and full moon. Chances like that don't come along too often for me.

  • Jen S.
    Posted at 03:45h, 12 December

    I loved checking out all of your shells…each unique and beautiful!

  • pam @ iLove Shelling
    Posted at 12:14h, 14 December

    NIce alphies! And the worm shells are back! Love that darker long twisty one- cool.