Carolina Shellers

Carolina Shellers

Brooke and Kate can roll with the tide or whatever comes their way. We started off by exploring the flats where the morning light was beautiful. They enjoyed observing¬†many live shells and learning about the ecosystems of the shell world. Next it was off to secret spot number 11. Kate found a few of her favorite shells and a few more. Brooke found a king’s crown and a cone shell. She was excited to find both. I enjoyed the conversations from both as we searched for treasures by the sea.
Thank you Brooke and Kate!   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 00:57h, 24 February

    Was the lightening whelk in the process of creating the egg casing? If so, that's fascinating!

  • Kathy H
    Posted at 00:57h, 24 February

    The shelters had a great trip. I love the rose petal tellins they found. And, so cool to observe a lightning whelk depositing an egg casing. Being able to walk around the flats and appreciate all the living things is always my favorite. And, the last photo you posted is beautiful…tranquil… could be a postcard.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 01:07h, 24 February

    Gail, it was in the process of laying eggs. I had never witnessed that before. I was thrilled to get many shots of this natural process.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 01:08h, 24 February

    Thank you Kathy.

  • Jules
    Posted at 03:47h, 25 February

    May I just say WOW! You capture the natural world so beautifully.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 04:00h, 25 February

    Jules, Thank you very much! I am always thankful for what nature is going on while I am on a trip. Being able to capture the moment is….. the moment.I am so happy and fortunate to be there to capture the moment.