Unexpected Surprise!

Unexpected Surprise!

It was a perfect day on the water with  David, Arlene, Jack and Linda from the beautiful state of South Dakota. David is an avid photographer and on this trip we both got an unexpected surprise to photograph, Manta Rays! It has been over 2 decades since these rays have been spotted close to the islands. You can often see spotted eagle rays, cow nose rays and the southern stingray but not the manta ray. David got some great shots of the rays and thanks to his wife for spotting them, I also got some great shots. After a nice walk on the beach and photography on the beach we went to secret spot no number and had a delicious lunch made by Linda. You never know what will appear in the lens of your camera. Thanks for a great day on the water!
Capt. Brian

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 04:06h, 12 February

    Oh how cool to see that and get to photograph it.

    Looks nice seeing people in bathing suits. We had -5 with -35 wind chills here today. 🙂

  • Melanie
    Posted at 04:06h, 12 February

    You never cease to amaze me! Xoxo

  • Nancy
    Posted at 03:34h, 14 February

    What a pretty day. We haven't seen sky that blue for months. I remember seeing a spotted eagle ray flying out of the water not far from Cayo that looked huge. How big were the manta rays?

  • Shelllady
    Posted at 06:52h, 19 February

    Capt. Brian….I just visited your site and found out that a ray I put back in the water today WAS a manta ray!!! I knew it looked like it, but didn't realize they were her anymore, or that small!!! I linked my blog to your site since you are our resident expert!! How awesome! that they are here!! Thanks again for your expertise!!!