I just got home from the opening reception of the Sanibel 75th Annual Shell Fair.  I was extremely happy to win a a 2nd place red ribbon for an albino lightning whelk I entered. I will post more on the Shell Fair as it happens.

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.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 11:35h, 01 March

    Congrats Brian – what an honor! I can't wait to see more of what's going on this week – should be lots for you to report on.

  • Kaybe
    Posted at 11:35h, 01 March

    Yay Capt. Brian! A Guinness World Record & now a ribbon from the world famous Sanibel Shell Show. Somebody high five this man quick!!

  • Jen S.
    Posted at 11:35h, 01 March

    CONGRATS to you Brian! That's so awesome! 🙂

  • Traci
    Posted at 13:20h, 01 March

    Way to go Brian!!!! I'll be at the shell fair in just about an hour to check out your ribbon!!!!

    I had a feeling your white welk would catch the judges eye's!!! I knew I should have went to the reception last night. I was thinking about you.


  • Shelllady
    Posted at 13:20h, 01 March

    Congrats Capt. Brian!!!! I can't think that anyone who could deserve a ribbon any more than you!! What an honor!! We are sitting here in our cubicles living the Sanibel Shell show through you and Blogville!! Keep us posted!!

  • Melissa
    Posted at 14:06h, 01 March

    Yea! Congratulations!! Have fun at the Fair this weekend!

  • mkdally
    Posted at 16:56h, 01 March


  • Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea
    Posted at 10:49h, 02 March

    Congrats and enjoy.

  • Roxanne Reinhart
    Posted at 13:20h, 03 March

    Congratulations on your ribbon. That whelk is a beauty!
    Love your blog – thank you for sharing with us.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 13:23h, 03 March

    Thank you for all the congrats. Roxanne I am glad you enjoy the blog. I enjoy doing what I do. Thanks again.

  • Lizzie
    Posted at 00:27h, 04 March

    Congratulations Brian!!! Great seeing you!!