Exploring Shells and Wildlife

Exploring Shells and Wildlife

The weather was perfect for exploring with  Margaret, Manny, Matt, his girlfriend and their niece.  We traveled to an isolated stretch of beach and walked to the sound side where we observed roseate spoonbills, willets, snowy egrets, horseshoe crabs, a raccoon, and kings crowns having lunch on a crab. The time seemed to fly by. While the anchor was being pulled, dolphins appeared off the bow of the boat. It was the perfect ending to a perfect trip.
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.

  • Janet from IL
    Posted at 19:16h, 26 August

    Very nice photos from the sound side. I especially like the eighth photo of the horse shoe crabs amongst all the little fish and shells. Some day I'd like to get back there and hunt for some King's Crown Conchs. The Roseates are beautiful. It looks like you had an awesome day!

  • Penny Redd
    Posted at 17:27h, 30 August

    Amazing pictures, and I love the crab picture! That's what I'll be looking for next time! Lol!