Shelling with Margaret

Shelling with Margaret

I have taken Margaret out numerous times and she is always willing to roll with the tide of the day.  The winds have been strong and a new sand bar appeared recently.  I knew Margaret would be game to check out this little spit of sand so that’s what we did.  After exploring this sand bar we traveled to an island in search of more shells which turned out to be full of shells and fun exploring the beach. She was excited to find a piece of a lion’s paw along with other great finds. I always enjoy walking and talking with Margaret and today was no exception.  Great day as usual and I’ll see you again in June!
     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.

  • Gail Douglas
    Posted at 03:40h, 13 April

    What wonderful finds! I hope there is a new sandbar or island that we can explore in May, like when Avocet Island appeared a year ago! That was so much fun. She has some beautiful shell treasures!

  • Shelllady
    Posted at 03:40h, 13 April

    Awesome finds!! I would love to go on one of these adventures with you Capt. Brian, hopefully we will be able to do that in July, we will be back there with our kids Jess and Brad. They so enjoyed the trip to Cayo Costa last time!!! I will be in touch…!

  • Morgan
    Posted at 02:23h, 15 April

    Oooh! Just look at all those goodies on that little sand bar!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 02:23h, 15 April

    What a fantastic trip! It is always a joy to go out to sea with Captain Brian. His knowledge and ability to spot shells is truly amazing. Thanks again for a wonderful adventure and I can't wait to share a shelling trip with my niece's and nephews in June. Margaret

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 02:23h, 15 April

    She sure had a special day!

    I love those little unexpected spits of sand bar.

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