“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

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fossiling with a Native














The trip up to Englewood was was pleasing to the senses. Finding shark teeth and fossilized bones were equally satisfying . I had the help of "The Essential Beachcomber" who is a native Floridian and a beachcomber extraordinaire. She lives in the Englewood area and knows the nooks and crannies of all the surrounding beaches and what to look for. I was most grateful that she took time out of her schedule to show me her favorite spots to look for fossilized shark teeth and fossilized bone. She even knew of an off the beaten path area to look for fossilized shells.  I never knew there were so many ways to acquire these fossils. Different techniques were used according to the tides. I learned a lot from the Essential Beachcomber while she combed the beaches and talked as she walked. Many thanks again to the Essential Beachcomber for the insights on the local history as well as showing me how and where to find the fossilized sharks teeth.