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Some call this spotted mollusk the holy grail of shells to find on Sanibel island. Retired shelling guide Mike Fuery called it the ghost. This shell is both. What is it about this shell that drives people to travel hundreds sometimes thousands of miles to the...

In the spring of 1895 on Key Marco Island, J.D. Collier was digging in his garden and unearthed a wooden objects, shell tools and fiber appeared to be ancient in origin. What would transpire in the next year still amazes archeologists and people from all over...

Beach Changes By Captain Brian Holaway “The only thing that is constant is change” - Greek Philosopher Heraclitus Being a shelling guide over the years, I get a lot of questions about the beach and why have things changed.  The million-dollar question is “Why does the beach look...

The Simplicity of Shelling By Captain Brian Holaway People travel from all over the world to search, relish and appreciate over 300 varieties of shells right here on the beaches Southwest Florida. Over the past two decades, I've been fortunate enough to be a shelling nature guide departing...

Captiva Island emerged out of a spit of sand. Plants have held the shifting sand together for hundreds of years, but it is the people, artists, fisherman, farmers, bootleggers, writers, World War I mechanics, guides, and hotel purveyors who have kept the island together tide...