The Todd Family

The Todd Family

This was a fun adventure with Scott, his wife Karen and their kids Amanda and Alex. We saw my old friend the frigate bird swooping on the water as dolphins pushed small fish to the surface. The shelling was excellent. We reaped the rewards of Tropical Storm Debby. Alex found a beautiful Alphabet Cone. Karen found an Albino Lightning Whelk. Amanda also found many great shells. She has a really good eye. We started at my favorite spot and found many species of shells. Then we traveled to a more remote spot. I was amazed at the variety of shells we found at  this location. Cones, Murex, Sharks Eyes, Fighting Conchs, the list goes on. It was a truly a great day of shell collecting. On the way back we stopped at a local island restaurant only accessible by boat for lunch. Conversations were enjoyed as well as the food. Scott was the camera man throughout the trip. He got a great shot of the dolphin posted above. Thank you Scott for all the great photos. The adventure was most enjoyable with your family.
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.

  • AntKaybe
    Posted at 07:53h, 21 July

    The 4th to the last foto – Are those fighting conchs all over the beach. Holy cow!

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 07:53h, 21 July

    Looks like capt. Brian got in on the shell hunting. It's fun to see the photos your clients capture and a good way to get some photos of you as well.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 09:54h, 21 July

    Yes , they are fighting conchs. T.S. Debby. (they are also still there)

  • stodd
    Posted at 14:38h, 21 July

    This was the highlight of our brief stay on the islands…can't thank you enough, Capt. Brian! We were able to expand our shell collection and we really enjoyed having you share your knowledge about wildlife and shells. Hope to be back again!

  • mkdally
    Posted at 03:16h, 23 July

    Wow, looks like you guys hit the motherlode! And I love the photo of the dolphin. Great shot!