Exploring On A Beautiful Morning

Exploring On A Beautiful Morning

The stars were aligned and it was a wonderful morning of walking in the mud. Many excellent shells were collected and NO live shells were collected. Walking the flats is always a learning experience.   Kathy and Carol were excited to learn about this unique ecosystem. Carol made many new finds and Kathy loved just being out there. Carol found a beautiful true tulip, rose tellins and a few whelks. Kathy also found a few whelks, Morton egg cockles, a perfect banded tulip and many more. It is always fun to see the shells live in their environment.  It was a beautiful morning with two happy shellers.
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 03:18h, 19 December

    Those shells look huge. I like the shark's eye the best.

  • Gail Douglas
    Posted at 21:34h, 19 December

    What is the third picture down? Extreme close up of something??

  • Janet from IL
    Posted at 21:08h, 20 December

    Oh my goodness! What a day you had! Beautiful variety of photos. I'm dying to know what the third picture is too. I googled images and can't find it anywhere. Some kind of larvae?

    Merry Christmas!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 00:59h, 21 December

    The number 3 photo is something I am still working on identifying. I will let you know as soon as I find out.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 11:27h, 22 December

    Guess which photo is my favorite! 🙂 Looks like you hit the jackpot on the flats!