Immerse in an ECO-Tour and Experience Southwest Florida Islands by Boat
“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.”
Two avid shellers from the great state of Nebraska (now living in Louisville) traveled with me to secret spot number two. Gary started finding fighting conchs that were in excellent condition. Kris likes lightning whelks and she found some beautiful ones. Kris also found a very large rice shell. (Nice find Kris) The gems of the day were two crested tellins. We also found babies ears and tusks. Both Gary and Kris have good shelling eyes. Gary emailed me later to tell me he found two more crested tellins where he was staying on Sanibel. It was a day of great finds! Thanks for a fun day of shelling!
The weather was perfect and the shelling was good. Cindy, Pam, Jan, Bid, and Mary had a blast! I enjoyed showing veteran sheller Cindy new techniques to look at the rack line and find babies ears. Pam loved finding sand dollars. Mary enjoyed riding shotgun, listening to my stories and just being out on the water. I enjoyed the calm seas and a beautiful day at my favorite place. Thank you ladies for a great day on the water!
I enjoyed the company of Kristen, Judi, and Dorinda on a shelling outing to secret spot number three. Kristen and Judi were veteran shellers. Dorinda was a first time sheller and had a blast. She enjoyed finding sand dollars and fighting conchs. Judi uses some of the shells for crafts. Kristen is a good sheller with a good eye for finding sun ray venus. We were excited to find a zig zag scallop (Flat shell). A new shell pile had emerged north of secret spot number three while I was sleeping. Because it was not there 14 hours earlier. This shell pile was over a foot deep and Kristen and I covered every inch. Many olives were found. Kristen was helpful in many ways on this trip. She reminded me that I left my camera back at secret spot number three. I had set it down to wade out to the boat and she noticed it when I was pulling the bow anchor. She even drove the boat while I put down the spray hood. Thank you Kristen, Judi and Dorinda for a fun trip.
Sam spotted a HUGE horse conch in the marina. We pulled the boat over and Sam got out and pulled this beautiful shell on board. We took many photos. Soon after Sam spotted some fins on the water. It turned out to be a spotted eagle ray. (My favorite) We watched this ray for a long time. Then we traveled south of secret spot number two. The beach was loaded with many shells. Time seemed to fly by. We had to pull Sheri off the beach.(She could have shelled for days) I enjoyed the conversations about shells and horses. Great finds and great horses! I look forward to seeing you again next year .P.S. Sam I also look forward to a 15.1 on Sunday:)