Wildlife And Shells

Wildlife And Shells

It was a wonderful day with veteran wildlife explorers and shellers Pat, Jen and her three lovely kids, Ben, Izzy and Ursula. Many dolphin were spotted on our way to the beach. The frigate birds were all over the place swooping to catch fish. The beach was full of treasures. Ben found a nice piece of junonia. Izzy found a large shark eye, a beautiful alphabet cone, olives and a tulip. Ursula the youngest explorer was content picking up coquinas. Jen found two small horse conchs. On the return trip we took advantage of the clear water and waded around the flats looking at small fish and live shells. It was a wonderful day on the water with a wonderful family. I look forward to our next adventure.  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.

  • Kathy H
    Posted at 01:45h, 11 July

    Looks like a great family day relaxing and enjoying the water and beach. And congrats to Ben for finding the partial junonia..lucky him!! And the sharks eye and olives look quite large, too. Great shelling finds on a beautiful day.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 21:31h, 21 July

    Nice Shark's Eye!! Melissa said "great shot of the frigatebird!" Looks like Ben, Izzy and Ursula had a fabulous time. August will soon be here 🙂