Captain Brian’s Finds Of The Week

Captain Brian’s Finds Of The Week

The wind last weekend blew extremely hard out of the west and northwest. Some gusts at Boca Grande were up to 60 mph. The gulf was a mess. The high winds brought in many shells. It can take a few days for things to settle down. When it does and the seas are calm, is when the shelling can be really good. The trough where the shore meets the sea is loaded with shells.  I am looking forward to exploring the trough on my favorite beach for the next three days. I was very excited to find a Scotch Bonnet, a piece of Junonia and even more excited to find a piece of a Helmet Shell. I found a piece of a Helmet Shell 16 years ago, ironically in the same spot. The sea never ceases to amaze me. The power of the surf is tantalizing. However, I was thinking different thoughts while out in the middle of this wind. Just me and Van Morrison, who was singing me “Into The Mystic”.

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 02:12h, 27 April

    "Into the Mystic" is one of my favorite songs. Great shells. I'm looking forward to seeing what you find in the next few days.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 02:18h, 27 April

    One of my favorite songs too Kim. Van get's a lot of playing when I am in heavy weather. He always seems to sing me back to a safe port.

  • Susan
    Posted at 11:39h, 27 April

    Great music for heavy weather! Pam posted some good pictures of beach bling blown up.

  • Susan
    Posted at 11:39h, 27 April

    Great song for heavy weather!

  • pam @ i Love Shelling
    Posted at 20:03h, 27 April

    I loooove that song too!!! I was asked the question one time (by Michael McMillan- Im sure you know him!) "if you were stranded on a deserted island and you could only have one song…what would it be?" It was… Into The Mystic!!!

    We might be out on the water tomorrow after see in your finds- Thanks Brian!

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 21:57h, 27 April

    that scotch bonnet is sweet!

  • Roxanne Reinhart
    Posted at 12:18h, 28 April

    That is a rather large Scotch bonnet. I cant wait to see what your other finds may be. You are so lucky to be able to hop in your boat and go to all the places that reach into your soul. And we are very lucky that you share them with us because they reach into our souls as well.

  • Moira
    Posted at 04:05h, 29 April

    Very cool Scotch Bonnet!

  • Moira
    Posted at 04:05h, 29 April

    Love the shell finds! Hope some of that is still there next week!