Starfish and Worm Shells

Starfish and Worm Shells

The worm shells are always satisfying to find. This is my collection for the year 2010. I started this collection February 1st. The day after a four day shelling expedition and camping trip in the Everglades. All of these worm shells were found on Cayo Costa. The larger shells in the photos are horse conchs and one large lighting whelk. These shells were found on Pavilion Key in the Ten Thousand Islands in 2009, on a very fast incoming tide. The starfish were found by my niece on Cayo Costa the week before Christmas all dead from strong winds and cold weather.
I have been drying them out to send to her. I look forward to sending her the starfish, starting a new worm shell collection and continuing what has already been the best start to a new year.

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.

  • Jen S.
    Posted at 21:52h, 17 January

    So neat Brian! That's awesome! She's going to love them 😉 You are the best!

  • Capt. Nikolas Ventura
    Posted at 02:42h, 19 January

    Capt. Brian! Nice blogspot! I enjoyed reading all your stories and checking out the great photos!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 02:42h, 19 January

    There are so many starfish & i cant wait to put them in my room! (: I love your blog! Thanks Uncle Brian! Love, Jeven