Fossiling with a Native

Fossiling with a Native

The trip up to Englewood was was pleasing to the senses. Finding shark teeth and fossilized bones were equally satisfying . I had the help of “The Essential Beachcomber” who is a native Floridian and a beachcomber extraordinaire. She lives in the Englewood area and knows the nooks and crannies of all the surrounding beaches and what to look for. I was most grateful that she took time out of her schedule to show me her favorite spots to look for fossilized shark teeth and fossilized bone. She even knew of an off the beaten path area to look for fossilized shells.  I never knew there were so many ways to acquire these fossils. Different techniques were used according to the tides. I learned a lot from the Essential Beachcomber while she combed the beaches and talked as she walked. Many thanks again to the Essential Beachcomber for the insights on the local history as well as showing me how and where to find the fossilized sharks teeth.

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 01:10h, 23 July

    Looks like you got some nice specimens there. Karen is a pro at finding stuff and an interesting guide. Are you going to do anything special with your sharks teeth?

  • gpc
    Posted at 11:23h, 24 July

    You lucky man! What a great adventure.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 12:35h, 24 July

    No plans for the sharks teeth, just enjoy looking at them in a glass bowl.