Ladies from the Lone Star State

Ladies from the Lone Star State

I enjoyed the company of Cheryl and Kim, veteran shellers with over 20 years of experience shelling Cayo Costa. The first spot we stopped by on the gulf side of Cayo was brief. The next spot by the lagoon, Kim found a beautiful arrowhead sand dollar and a few sand dollar’s. Cheryl snorkeled and enjoyed the water. We then traveled to the flats. The tide was very low and the shells found were..lightning whelk, horseshoe crabs, horse conchs, pear whelks, razor clams and  many in between. The flats were alive and many nice shells were collected.  I look forward to exploring with the ladies from the Lone Star State and hearing their stories. Great trip great people.

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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