The Elusive Gaudi Nautica

The Elusive Gaudi Nautica

I was more than happy to find this Gaudi Nautica. This is one that will go in my special collection. The colors were perfect and it was the largest one I have ever collected.  Shelling can be elusive at times. Today things were crystal clear. (Like Cayo Costa in May)

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.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 08:29h, 02 February

    That's gorgeous and such great pictures of it too.

  • Melanie
    Posted at 08:29h, 02 February

    Excellent job photographing the details in this shell!

  • Nancy J
    Posted at 08:29h, 02 February

    I bet you can guess what I think of your find 🙂 WOW!!! Looking forward to those crystal clear Cayo waters in May!

  • gpc
    Posted at 21:10h, 02 February

    That's a beauty!

  • Little Black Scrap Cat
    Posted at 22:55h, 03 February

    Awesome! I found one in 2010 with lots of color remaining, but not as large as this one. It's a beauty!