Chicago Sisters Shelling

Chicago Sisters Shelling

We left the dock as the moon was falling and the sun was rising. Our first stop was on the flats. We observed many live shells, took pictures and set them back in the water. The flats are a peaceful place to be in the early a.m. hours. Next it was off to a sandbar in the Gulf. Well what do you know the sandbar that was there 24 hours previously was now not there. Next we went to a new little favorite spot where the beach was quiet and full of shells. I am looking forward to our next adventure later this week.
Brian Holaway
relaxandexplore@gmail.com

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.

3 Comments
  • Nancy
    Posted at 12:20h, 21 October

    What a beautiful sunrise! We woke up to snow in MN 🙁

  • Leslie Stewart
    Posted at 20:21h, 13 November

    This looks like a great shelling experience! We've been coming to Sanibel/Captiva for 42 years and haven't seen a nice Sunray Venus in quite a while! We'd love to take a ride with you this month or next if you can accommodate 5 adults & 2 half pints. We're pretty jaded when it comes to shelling but we'd love the kids to see some live mollusks in action, seahorses, pick up some whole sand dollars and perhaps find one or two nicely colored cones and olives. What do you think?

  • Leslie Stewart
    Posted at 20:21h, 13 November

    This looks like an interesting trip for some experienced shellers who have been coming to Sanibel/Captiva for 42 years. We haven't seen sunray Venus (in good condition) in quite a while and it would be great if the kids could see some live mollusks in action, plus seahorses and anemones. We're too jaded to pick up pieces of shells, but a "cruise" to someplace where we might find some whole decent shells and sand dollars would be great. Can you accommodate 7 people (5 adults, 2 half pints)?

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