Great Finds

Great Finds

Kathy is an avid sheller who enjoys learning about the wildlife and marine habits. We left the dock as the sun was coming up and returned nine hours later. We started the trip by going to a remote area across the bay and explored. It was a great walk and talk as we observed marine life.  Next it was out to the barrier islands where a beautiful LIONS PAW was discovered among many other shells. Then we had a quick lunch at an island outpost and then it was back to shelling. Kathy found many olives, tusks, wentletraps, nutmegs and an albino lightning whelk. It was definitely a day for the whelks and a great day of exploring new places.
      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.

7 Comments
  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 17:45h, 03 March

    Is that an all white Kings Crown?

  • theshellking.com
    Posted at 17:45h, 03 March

    That Lion's Paw is awesome!

  • Gail Douglas
    Posted at 00:50h, 05 March

    There's the Lion's Paw! And is that another crested tellin in the picture with all the tusk shells?

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 02:46h, 05 March

    Kim, The kings crown is faded but still has markings on it. Not an all white kings crown. It was a very cool find.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 02:48h, 05 March

    Good eye Gail! Yes it is.

  • Moira
    Posted at 01:16h, 11 March

    Love that big Kings Crown! and the Lions Paw….and all of the others, too!!

  • Moira
    Posted at 01:16h, 11 March

    Love that big Kings Crown! and the Lions Paw….and all of the others, too!!

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