The Colman / Junonia Family

The Colman / Junonia Family

Wow! What a day of shelling.  I had a great time cruising and shelling with Janet, Evan, Sam and Justin.  We started our trip by listening to dolphin breathe. It only got better when we hit the beach. Evan found a great Lighting Whelk and the kids were finding Tulips and many Fighting Conchs. Then we traveled to secret spot number five. Janet was finding Apple Murex, Sharks Eyes, Worm shells , Cones, Lace Murex , and many other great shells. I bent over to grab a Apple Murex, and turned to show the shell to Janet when her son Justin picked up something a foot from where the Murex was at. He said” I found a Junonia”. Sure enough he did! Great find Justin! Not less than 10 minutes later his brother Sam found a beautiful piece of a Junonia (Great find Sam). The day before at blind pass Janet also found a piece of Junonia.  The Colman family were great shellers today. Congratulation’s on your great finds!

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.

  • Donna R from NY
    Posted at 12:42h, 24 August

    Beautiful pictures, and extra exciting to find even a piece of a junonia, let alone a whole one!! Brian, now I know why you call some areas 'secret' 🙂