Sea Turtle Rescue

Sea Turtle Rescue

Roopa and Varsha wanted to see a sea turtle, well we all got to see a sea turtle and more. Not long after leaving the marina one of the ladies spotted a sea turtle. I looked over to see the turtle and noticed its left flipper caught in a net. Then the turtle dove and we lost sight of it. We circled the boat around and looked for a long time before finally spotting the turtle again. I didn’t want to get too close with the boat.  I had Roopa drive into the wind and I set the bow anchor.  She put the boat in neutral and I slid over the side of the boat with my knife. I swim towards the turtle which seemed to take forever. When I got close everything seemed to go fast.  Something bumped my leg and the turtle dove.  Then I dove to get the turtle and started feeling for the back of the shell. My hand caught the net it was trapped in. I pulled the net up and realized it was a landing net for fishing. This turtle was swimming around with this landing net with a 6 foot handle. I used my knife to cut the net and the turtle swam quickly away from me.  I swam back to the boat where Roopa and Varsha helped get the net on the boat. It was quite the experience for all of us. Roopa did a great job driving and Varsha took pictures of the whole thing with her camera. They were both very calm and did a great job. We all got to see a sea turtle and will not forget this experience any time soon.
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.

  • Susan
    Posted at 04:00h, 08 July

    Holy smokes – well done to all three of you!

  • Dinna R from NY
    Posted at 10:57h, 08 July

    You are Wonderful!! Thank you!!

  • Liz
    Posted at 12:46h, 08 July

    Wow! Amazing- thank you!

  • Martha Dehne
    Posted at 12:46h, 08 July

    Wow! Talk about being at the right place at the right time!! Job well done! Martha 🙂

  • Nancy
    Posted at 14:14h, 08 July

    That is one lucky turtle! A very happy ending to a great adventure, one you and the young ladies won't forget! Well done, Captain Brian and crew!!

    Posted at 15:48h, 08 July

    Well done Captain!

  • jfor
    Posted at 17:01h, 08 July

    Awesomely good deed!!!

  • Shelllady
    Posted at 00:51h, 09 July

    WOW That's AWESOME Capt. Brian!! Like Martha said, you were certainly in the right place at the right time!! You're a Hero!! Thanks Capt. Brian!!

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 00:51h, 09 July

    Brian – that was amazing! Nicely done.

    Did you keep the net to hang on your back porch? Wow – what a cool story.

  • Janet from IL
    Posted at 00:51h, 09 July

    Yikes! Do turtles bite? Congrats on a job well done!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 09:16h, 09 July

    Brian, thanks for taking us on the excursion, and we will definitely remember this trip!! – Roopa

  • Karen Blackford
    Posted at 09:16h, 09 July

    Well done good Captain! Friend of frigates & champion to the turtle! Amazing pictures.

  • Moira
    Posted at 09:16h, 09 July

    KEWL!! What an experience! This is just another reason why we love you so much – you are the best!! I agree with Kim – keep the net and showcase it with your other finds!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:05h, 09 July

    amazing! i wish i was there, but i'm glad there are photos! – alpa

  • Alpa Goswami
    Posted at 17:05h, 09 July

    great job, i am glad there are photos! wish i was there! – alpa

  • Little Black Scrap Cat
    Posted at 22:13h, 14 July

    Your are amazing, Capt Brian! I have been so busy that I'm just seeing this post. I am greatly impressed with your compassion for all living creatures. I'm sure the ladies will never forget their adventure with you! Looking forward to our next shelling adventure with you, coming up soon!