Traci And Rob

Traci And Rob

Traci and her husband Rob spent the day with me exploring and beach combing. The trip started with viewing dolphins just after we left the marina. It was a good start to a great trip. Next we went deep into the mangrove back country and explored. Traci and Rob both enjoyed learning about the mangroves. Then it was off to lunch at the always surperb Tarpon Lodge. After lunch we walked the pre-columbian shell mounds at the Randell Research Center. The remainder of the afternoon was spent beach combing along my favorite beach. Rob spotted a horse conch on the beach as we were cruising by at 20 miles an hour. (Good eye Rob) We covered a lot of beach that afternoon. Traci was a trooper and left no piece of driftwood or puffer fish unturned. Thank you Traci and Rob for the fun  adventures. See you in August at favorite spot number one.
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.

  • Traci Mason
    Posted at 11:00h, 15 January

    OMG what a WONDERFUL day that was Brian!! Clean the shells now actually, so far they are cleaning up pretty good! I'll email you pictures once I'm done!

    Keep an eye out, sending you a little something tomorrow…a surprise! Heeheehee!

    Thank you again for such a terrific time. Cant wait for August!!

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 11:00h, 15 January

    Sounds like a perfect day in paradise to me!

  • Moira
    Posted at 11:00h, 15 January

    Woo hoo! Sounds like so much fun!!!
    As usual, your pics are amazing, Brian!

  • mkdally
    Posted at 22:59h, 21 January

    Awesome finds, Traci & Rob! Wishing we were heading out with Captain Brian this year.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 03:06h, 22 January

    Me too mk.Shoot me an email let me know what's up. Like to see you guys when your here, even just for lunch.

  • Martha Dehne
    Posted at 15:08h, 26 January

    Don't mean 2b negative but, are the starfish in the container live? They look "wilted"…I didn't think you could take live creatures??

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 15:10h, 26 January

    The starfish are not live. No live shells or starfish. It is the law.

  • Traci Mason
    Posted at 21:17h, 26 January

    Hi Martha.

    As Brian confirmed they are not alive. We found a total of four and the container was the only thing I had to put them in which was a little small for them. We found three of them dryed out. If you put the dried out starfish in the water for a few minutes it moistens it just enough for me to put in the container and bend the tips of its legs without breaking them. Then back at our hotel we take them out and lay them flat so the legs go back to being straight. So what you are seeing is dried out star fish that have been re moistened, thats all.

    Nothing alive…ever…ever..ever..promise!! 🙂