Full Moon Morning

Full Moon Morning

The morning started with the moon low on the western horizon. I traveled with two veteran shellers to secret spot # 5. Five days before our trip the winds on the gulf were 30 mph plus. I was anxious to check out the high tide line, now that the gulf was finally calm. Many shells were collected. The highlights were Olives, a beautiful Lace Murex, Fighting Conchs, two very large Banded Tulips, excellent worm shells and an Albino Whelk. Observing live Olives was also a treat. The solitude on the beach was pleasing to the ears. I enjoyed exploring with two veteran 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.

  • Kaybe
    Posted at 06:07h, 12 March

    Secret veteran shellers eh? That hat looks vaguely familiar 😀

  • Jen S.
    Posted at 06:07h, 12 March

    Sounds like another fun adventure!

  • gpc
    Posted at 23:07h, 17 March

    Are the cluster of shells periwinkles? Beautiful!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 23:09h, 17 March

    Yes, they are periwinkels.