Intrepid Shellers

Intrepid Shellers

Two intrepid shellers traveled with me today. The wind was very strong, but not enough to keep Dayton and Nancy in port. The husband and wife team have been shelling for decades. Nancy loves baby ears. Today she found a large baby ear beside a perfect worm shell. The day was filled with wind, baby ears and great conversation. I learned a lot from Nancy on our beach walk. It is always a pleasure shelling with Dayton and Nancy.

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.

  • Jen S.
    Posted at 16:16h, 27 February

    Sounds like you had fun. Worms shells are one of my favorite shells–they're so squiggly and neat!

  • Kaybe
    Posted at 23:13h, 27 February

    That sky looks ominous.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 23:15h, 27 February

    The water was ominous. I was extremely happy with my anchor that day:)