Sharks, Shells, and Great Family

Sharks, Shells, and Great Family

I enjoyed a day on the water with the Roeder family.  We traveled to a remote location on Cayo Costa to explore the beach. We observed turtle nests and found many great finds.  Mike gathered his first baby’s ear shell (I just love it when that happens) and his wife found a nice Florida cone. One of the girls found an absolutely beautiful common nutmeg shell which was probably one of the best nutmegs I have ever held in my hand. Great find! Time seemed to fly by on the beach. I pulled the anchor and we motored back towards Captiva. This is when the wildlife show started. We saw a loggerhead turtle and then a 4 foot hammerhead shark.  The water was so clear we just slowly putted along watching stingrays glide past the boat and a couple of manatee. I noticed a dolphin close to the marina in shallow water playing with a fish. I eased the boat closer but still kept a good distance from the dolphin when I noticed another fin behind the dolphin. It was a shark! If you look close in the photos you can see the shark behind the dolphin. The shark’s fin is more triangular.  The shark let us get a good look at him/her before it splashed some water by the boat and took off. It was a wonderful day on the water observing wildlife and collecting seashells with a great family.
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.

  • Shelllady
    Posted at 00:01h, 28 July

    Okay Brian you just dispelled another myth!! I always heard that dolphin will keep the sharks away…so when I saw dolphin, I felt a little safer! I guess us old wives don't know what we are talkin' about!!

    Thanks for Sharing, Great Pics!!

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 11:54h, 28 July

    Awesome sealife photos. I need a sanibel fix!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 11:54h, 28 July

    WHAT A NICE ADVENTURE ! ! Enjoyed the pictures of my nieces family —The Roeders.