Great Day With Katie, Ryan and Mark

Great Day With Katie, Ryan and Mark

It was a great day of exploring with veteran sheller Katie, her dad and her brother Ryan. We walked the flats and saw many live shells. Katie found a live albino lightning whelk. We took pictures and put it back where she found it. Many cool discoveries were had by all. Then it was off to favorite spot number one. Ryan found a starfish that he shared with his little sister. Katie found a beautiful piece of a junonia! (Great find Katie) Katie is a veteran sheller who knows her shells and it is always a pleasure shelling with Katie. I look forward to our next trip in July.

Capt. Brian

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.

  • Gail Douglas
    Posted at 08:59h, 24 January

    Is that a golden olive? I have not seen one, and didn't know if a golden still had some of the markings on it like a normal olive, as this one seems to.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 03:25h, 25 January

    Gail, it's not a golden but close it had some brown and white markings on the underside. Katie and I both wanted it to be, but it was a very cool olive that we both enjoyed.