Moria, Marty and Friends

Moria, Marty and Friends

All of the stars were aligned on this trip. I always enjoy having Moira and Marty on the boat. This year they brought along Karen and Al. We had perfect weather and no one else on the beach but us. We traveled to favorite island number one. The beach was beautiful. Marty was finding olive shells and picking up large jingle shells for Moria. I enjoyed walking and talking with Moira as we shelled. Meanwhile Karen was filling her shell bag up with sand dollars. The tide was falling fast. Next we headed to the flats. The flats were full of beautiful live shells that we photographed. We also found a handful of Morton egg cockles.  Thank you Moira and Marty for another fun 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.

  • Moira
    Posted at 14:17h, 09 May

    Brian, we always enjoy going on a trip with you! Each time the beaches are different, the shells are varied and the scenery is beautiful!! You teach us something new each trip, too!!

    Karen and Al enjoyed our adventure; it was a new experience for them, and we talked about it on the way home.

    Thanks, again Brian – we won't forget the toadfish!!!

    I'm looking forward to hearing about your adventures with Kim and Chablis next week!


  • Traci Mason
    Posted at 14:17h, 09 May

    Yay Moi…I see that big welk???? Yours or Karens??

    Kim & Chablis you guys are next!!!! Wahoo!

    Love it…love it…love it!!!!

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 19:08h, 09 May

    Your trip looked awesome, but then, I knew it would be with Brian. It's always a good time.

    We are counting down the days!!

  • Janet from IL
    Posted at 23:59h, 09 May

    Great finds, great shots! The dark welk is amazing – don't think I've ever seen one alive!