Shelling The Grass Flats

Shelling The Grass Flats

I enjoyed showing Susan and her daughter Rachel the grass flats, explaining the live shells and the botany of the mangroves.( No live shells were taken) After exploring the grass flats we traveled to Cayo Costa. The water was calm and  inviting. The beach was quiet and relaxing. The shells found are pictured above- Lightning whelks, rose tellins, olives, a large banded tulip, pear whelk, Susan’s first angel wing, and a beautiful large kings crown. I had a wonderful time and enjoyed the conversations as much as the azure water we traveled on.
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.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:09h, 23 March

    Thanks for the lovely posts, Brian.
    Rachel and I also had a wonderful time exploring with you. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with you.

    We will always treasure the experience!

    Susan from Toronto

  • Jen S.
    Posted at 21:29h, 27 March

    WOW–looks like you all had a wonderful time! 🙂