“Captain Brian Holaway is well versed in the intricacies of our unmatched locale. He can guide to and through a multitude of out-of-the way tidal creeks, bayous, keys and islands. More important is his passionate interest and respect for the region. With unique insights from his many explorations and his studies, not only does he identify the birds and wildlife that inhabit our semi-tropical watery land, but he explains their interconnectedness to their environment and each other. In addition, he shares the fascinating history of rugged people who came long before us: Florida Native Indians, the Calusa, the Spanish, the Cubans, early homesteaders, and the wisdom evident in the growth of their culture.

You will come away with great enjoyment and a new understanding of this beautiful place and its history.”

Historian, Betty Anholt
Author of Sanibel’s Story

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Great Shelling Day











The day after the  full moon, I took out two couples from Minnesota who are veteran hardcore shellers. We traveled to a mudflat that is only exposed on low tide. Many live shells were observed along with starfish and spider crabs. The rose tellins were abundant and razor clams were collected along with many beautiful egg cockles.  The tide was starting to rise.  We traveled to an obvious, but secret spot where I find unique shells.  A rare Scotch Bonnet was found by one happy sheller. (Her first in many years of looking)  It was exciting for everybody. We had a little time left so we traveled to a long sandbar to discover rose tellins, many pear whelks and a huge lighting whelk. Today was a magical day on the water.