Veteran Shellers

Veteran Shellers

Long time Sanibel shellers from Canada joined me for a beautiful day of shelling and wildlife viewing. The dolphins were in a playful mood. I was most impressed by the keen eye of veteran sheller Chris. Chris found the largest nutmeg I have ever seen. The horse conch was a great find.That size of horse conch is hard to find. Great finds, Keep on shelling!

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 23:25h, 29 January

    Its sooo awesome watching dolphins play, how cool to catch that kodak moment!

    Nice nutmeg, a pretty big one. Good finds, exciting to get the big horse conch.

    Sounds like a great day on the eater and exploring!

  • Donna R from NY
    Posted at 03:03h, 30 January

    That nutmeg IS huge! Great pictures!!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 03:08h, 30 January

    Thank you Donna,and yes that nutmeg was huge!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 02:05h, 01 February

    Capt. Brian, I just spent the past several hours looking back over all your pictures and posts back through December! WOW… your photos seem to be more beautiful and touching than before! Simply amazing photography that speaks to the heart and stirs up emotion! LOVE them all : ) from Sandra in Sulphur, La.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 02:14h, 01 February

    Sandra, Thank you very much for your kind words. They are appreciated. Capt. Brian

  • Kay Lynn Thompson Koolage
    Posted at 22:10h, 01 February

    Hi Brian,
    Our family certainly enjoyed our 1/2 day with you. Next time we will have to try the flats. You know many a secret place to hunt shells. The nutmeg is now home in Winnipeg. It has a place of honour on Chris and Leanne's mantel.
    Thanks again,