Great Shelling Day

Great Shelling Day

The day after the  full moon, I took out two couples from Minnesota who are veteran hardcore shellers. We traveled to a mudflat that is only exposed on low tide. Many live shells were observed along with starfish and spider crabs. The rose tellins were abundant and razor clams were collected along with many beautiful egg cockles.  The tide was starting to rise.  We traveled to an obvious, but secret spot where I find unique shells.  A rare Scotch Bonnet was found by one happy sheller. (Her first in many years of looking)  It was exciting for everybody. We had a little time left so we traveled to a long sandbar to discover rose tellins, many pear whelks and a huge lighting whelk. Today was a magical 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.

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