Fun Time Shelling

Fun Time Shelling

I had a great time with long time visitors to the islands. Carol, Tom, Dean and the sometimes militant sheller, Bonnie. We started our trip by travelling to favorite spot number one. Bonnie found a great small horse conch. Carol found olives and many minis. Tom was just happy to be wading in the water with his shell net. Dean covered lots of area and found some very nice sun ray venus. After spending time at favorite spot number one we traveled to “Stu and Vicki’s Spot”. The olives were rolling in and Carol kept saying ” I won’t pick another olive” then she picked up another one, then another. (I think she is getting the shelling bug). We also found sand dollars, two albino cockles, two tusks,  banded tulips, apple murexs, worm shells and baby’s ears.  It was a great trip! I enjoyed the conversations and listening to their stories about earlier years on the island. We also got to break in the shell board today. Carol was the first one to sign the board. I am looking forward to when they return. Thank you for a fun day on the water!
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 03:39h, 15 October

    Love the new shell board! When it's full of signatures you'll have to polyurethane it and hang it on your back porch and make a new shell board.

    And by the way, when you take Traci and Rob out in January, I know he is dying to find his own sand dollar.