Shelling With Katherine, Tom and Doris

Shelling With Katherine, Tom and Doris

The day started early for veteran sheller Katherine, Tom and Doris. We ran the Gulf to favorite Island number one. The dolphins were fun to see and hear as we took many photographs. I love it when the gulf is calm. Katherine and I walked and talked as we looked for new treasures. She found a great piece of junonia, a beautiful worm shell, three baby ears and two tusks, We also found the largest piece of an angel wing shell that I have ever seen. Katherine enjoyed learning about the ghost crab habitat and the intricacies of the wind effect on the beach dunes. It was a fun trip with Katherine, Tom and Doris.  Keep on shelling!
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.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 04:01h, 25 February

    Looks like a great day on the water!! I love the footprint photo. I can't imagine what could be better than standing on the beach in the last photo.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 04:13h, 25 February

    Nancy, The only thing better would be a 4 inch sharks eye in one hand and the tarpon lodge menu in the other. I think Rob would bring it out if we called it in. They all love you at the Tarpon.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 10:50h, 25 February

    You read my mind, Captain Brian – just left out one thing 🙂 Rob and the crew at the Tarpon are the best. He is a great host and is always willing and able to handle our photo ops. I feel like an old friend when we are there. The food and drinks are pretty tasty, too:-) It is going to be way too long between visits this year.

  • Traci Mason
    Posted at 22:34h, 25 February

    Thats a big star fish!! Nice. Always a great find when one finds a nutmeg! Love them.

    Great finds and sounds like a great day as usual!!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 02:31h, 11 March

    We had the best morning. I really enjoyed our talks about the wind and the starfish. Can't wait for next year when we can go out with you again. Happy Shelling. Katherine