Early Morning Shelling

Early Morning Shelling

The morning started early with Morgan and her husband Chad. We were on the Island before the sun came up. They took advantage of the negative low tide, walking miles before the sun appeared. Morgan has been a sheller for over 20 years. She has a keen eye and appreciates a good shell when she finds one. I enjoyed listening to her stories of “Old Captiva”. On the way back to the marina we observed four pods of dolphin. One of the pods I had never seen before. It was all very exciting. We took many photos of the dolphin. This trip time seemed to fly by at a rapid pace. I look forward to our next adventure.

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 03:38h, 21 March

    I wish you'd do a post about dolphins and how to tell them apart. I think its fascinating that you can identify different pods.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 03:42h, 21 March

    I will work on that post Kim. Every dorsil fin tells a story.

  • Traci
    Posted at 21:19h, 22 March

    Hi Brian!

    OMG..you captured yet another beautiful sunrise! I'm jealous! Beautiful picture you took of the welk. Your pictures are getting better and better, some are just stunning. You could be a NAT GEO photographer too!!!!

    Good idea Kim…A blog on dolphin identification would be great Brian. A lot of people do not know how or what to look for in identifying dolphins. You can even range a dolphins age from there dorsil fin too!

  • mkdally
    Posted at 23:49h, 27 March

    Thanks again for an awesome trip, Brian! We had a great time. And I agree that a dolphin identification blog entry would be great!