Chicago Sisters Take Two

Chicago Sisters Take Two

The mood was far from blue when we left the dock under the cover of darkness. The Chicago sister’s second trip of the week was great. The sunrise by favorite spot number one was beautiful. We traveled to an isolated stretch of beach and enjoyed the shell bounty. There were many excellent finds. It has been a while since I have seen such a wide variety of shells. The zig zag scallop and small cone were two very cool finds of the day. There were a lot. Thank you for a great trip. See you in March.
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.

  • Donna R from NY
    Posted at 09:27h, 23 October

    Awesome pictures..can you tell me what kind of shell it is in the second-to-last picture? Thank you 🙂

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 09:30h, 23 October

    Donna, the shell is a small Florida fighting conch.

  • Donna R from NY
    Posted at 22:51h, 23 October

    Thank you Brian! I've never seen a fighting conch so young, I suppose that's why I didn't recognize it. There's always something to learn 🙂