Fun Time With Dean And Bonnie

Fun Time With Dean And Bonnie

I always enjoy taking long time visitors Dean and Bonnie to the islands and out on the water. Dean and Bonnie are troopers and are always up for whatever adventure comes our way. Bonnie found many olives and nice whelks. Dean found one of the largest pear whelks I have ever seen, but it was alive so we took a picture and but it back in the water. We also saw bobcat tracks and a new sea turtle nest. It is unusual to see a sea turtle nest this late in the season. Time passed by fast as we were walking, talking and shelling. I look forward to our next adventure!
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 19:42h, 07 October

    Great finds and great photos! Are those turtles or rays in the photo? Cool!

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 20:03h, 07 October

    The bobcat tracks were very cool!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 20:05h, 07 October

    That's what I thought, Kim.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 02:30h, 08 October

    Those bobcat tracks bring back great memories, Captain.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 10:40h, 08 October

    Janet, they are spotted eagle rays.

  • Janet from IL
    Posted at 23:22h, 09 October

    Thanks for the ID.