Shelling Family

Shelling Family

You can never learn enough about shells. This family knows their shells. Pat, Jen, Izzy, Ben ,Ursla and dad. I find myself researching uncommon shells they find on every trip. Ben found wentletraps, Jen found  a fossilized shark tooth, (in a very unique place) an amazing worm shell and a few semele shells with different colors. Izzy found a large rice shell. It was a shelling frenzy on the sandbar. The young shellers Ben and Izzy amaze me every time we go out. I am always learning more from this family.”

Keep On Shelling” Capt. Brian

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 14:20h, 07 April

    They found some nice treasures. Too bad a crab was living inside that huge whelk.

  • Moira
    Posted at 02:31h, 10 April

    Nice finds!