Good Times With Veteran Shellers Bonnie and Dean

Good Times With Veteran Shellers Bonnie and Dean

It is always a pleasure to take out Bonnie and Dean. They are long time shellers to the island (30 years). I enjoy walking, talking and listening to both Bonnie and Dean tell stories about shelling in the 80’s, guides and trips they have had before. Bonnie found a very cool worm shell and Dean found an albino whelk. I found the largest tusk shell I have ever found (use the chapstick for size reference). Many shells were found and more memories made. Bonnie and Dean are both troopers and I look forward to seeing them in October.  Love you guys.          Capt. Brian
Brian Holaway
relaxandexplore@gmail.com

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.

5 Comments
  • Anonymous
    Posted at 11:22h, 25 June

    Everyone should experience a shelling trip with Captain.

  • Kathy H
    Posted at 11:22h, 25 June

    The SW Florida scenery is as beautiful as ever. Great shell finds, especially the huge tusk shell and angel wings…

  • Gail Douglas
    Posted at 20:04h, 05 July

    Definitely and great day! And I know from experience that you have "the eye" for those tusk shells. That one is awesome!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 20:04h, 05 July

    Love you too Brian! See you in October! Bonnie & Dean

  • Gail Carr
    Posted at 00:03h, 10 July

    I get excited when I find ANY tusk shell–the size of that one would put me over the moon!

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