Turtles With Kathy

Turtles With Kathy

Kathy has traveled and explored with me many times. Her enthusiasm for the natural world is contagious. She wanted to do a trip that was focused on turtles and hopefully see one. Well we did just that and a side visit to some pre-columbian shell mounds. We started our trip by walking the beaches of the out islands observing turtle tracks and nests and then stopped by the Tarpon Lodge for a delicious lunch. Next it was off to the Randell Research center where we visited the pre-Columbian shells mounds. We had a most pleasant walk and talk on the mounds. The next part of the trip we spent drifting with the tide. We drifted the outgoing tide between two islands with the engine off, nothing around but the sound of the water and frigates overhead. We drifted for 3 hours. Kathy was extremely patience and her patience paid off. We saw 9 turtles breach the surface and one large loggerhead close to the boat. It was a wonderful day on the water and Kathy witnessed a sea turtle in the wild for the first time. Patience pays off! Thank you Kathy for another fun day of exploring.
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.

  • Gail Douglas
    Posted at 08:12h, 24 June

    What a fabulous experience with the turtles! A day she surely will not forget!

  • Kathy H
    Posted at 08:12h, 24 June

    The photos turned out wonderfully, especially the turtles! This was such a cool adventure……learning more about the historical shell mounds was great. Seeing and learning about the different turtle tracks, their nesting habits, and then observing various turtles swimming and "hovering" was awesome. Thanks for such a fun and special day!

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 08:12h, 24 June

    That sounds like an awesome day!!

  • Susan
    Posted at 09:45h, 25 June

    Would so like to do this too in September when I'm there! What a great experience for Kathy.

  • Shelllady
    Posted at 09:40h, 06 July

    Wow! Awesome trip!!