Fossiling Expedition Part 1

Fossiling Expedition Part 1

Like the tide the full moon waits for no one. This is what I was thinking as I woke up at 3:30 in the morning . My plan was to watch the full moon set as I traveled up the coast to Englewood, Florida in search of fossilized shark teeth. Billy Gibbons was playing his guitar as the moon set and the sun emerged. I enjoyed the sounds of Billy’s guitar as the moon and sun took turns falling and rising from the south end of Cayo Costa. I got a little distracted in the early morning light and took over 300 photos of Cayo Costa before I told myself that was enough.  Then I took a dozen more.  Later that day I was welcomed to Engelwood by a fellow beachcomber, actually,”The Essential Beachcomber”.  More soon to come.

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.

  • Kaybe
    Posted at 04:27h, 19 July

    Wow and wow! The 4th pic looks like you hung the moon on the tree. Looking forward to seeing the rest.I am trying to reconcile the pre-dawn birdsong & ZZ Top blaring out over Cayo in my head.

  • Jen S.
    Posted at 17:47h, 19 July

    Gorgeous pictures Brian. I really enjoyed them 🙂

  • gpc
    Posted at 21:31h, 19 July

    I would have loved to be on that trip!

  • simone
    Posted at 21:31h, 19 July

    Awesome pics-we have to look you up next time we are in the area.

  • Shelllady
    Posted at 00:46h, 20 July

    Very cool Brian, you went there by boat!! I figured that would be the way to go!! I await in bated breath for the report on shark's teeth!! I would love that trip too…..and Awesome pictures!!

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 11:09h, 20 July

    Gorgeous photos! I can't wait to hear about your trip – you have the best shark tooth fossil hunter on the beach for a guide!! Lucky you. How long of a trip by boat is it to Englewood?

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 14:15h, 20 July

    30 miles from Captiva. Depending on weather it takes about an hour and a half.