Exploring On A Warm December Day

Exploring On A Warm December Day

What a day on the water with Dick and Sherri from Texas. We started the trip by seeing dolphin not far from the marina. We then spent the morning exploring the flats looking at live shells and finding some good species that were not alive. Sherri found a live cone shell. I have never seen a live cone on the flats. We then found another.  What a treat to see something you have never seen before in the wild. Next it was off to lunch at the Tarpon lodge for lunch. After lunch we went to favorite island number one where we spent the rest of the afternoon.  We covered a lot of area on this trip and collected many different species for an unseasonably warm December day.
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.

  • Susan
    Posted at 07:06h, 11 December

    Beautiful frigate birds and who doesn't love the punk rock terns? My daughter and I saw frigates while kayaking Lover's Key State Park and I told her your story of saving one. Hoping to see you in March!

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 15:54h, 11 December

    I wish I were sitting on secret island #1….

    Is that a pear whelk in the one picture?

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 03:00h, 12 December

    Susan, The frigate birds are my favorite. I will post some cool photos I took recently of my feathered friends for you. Let me know when you will be here in March so I can put in my book.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 03:10h, 12 December

    Kim, It is a pear whelk. It was very cool to see live. It was also close to the live cone. Very cool. You will be sitting at secret spot no number before you know it:)

  • Little Black Scrap Cat
    Posted at 20:01h, 12 December

    Very interesting color on that cone. Never seen one so dark!