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.”

Historian, Betty Anholt
Author of Sanibel’s Story

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Matt And Sara






It was a great morning and half the afternoon with Matt and Sara from the great state of Nebraska. They were first time customers but long time shellers. Matt has been coming to the islands since he was a little boy. He knows his shells and also enjoys the wildlife. Sara has picked up on the shelling and is a very determined sheller. She got into her "shelling zone" and Matt and I let her stay there. She wanted to find an angel wing, and on the walk back pulled one out of an old high tide line. Matt and I managed to obtain a extremely cool stingray barb, the colors on it were unlike any I have ever found. We also found a few fossilized sharks teeth and pieces of teeth. (I think its time to go north and see my friend Karen and find more sharks teeth) We  pulled the anchor and set off for the Tarpon Lodge.  Shortly after pulling the anchor we saw many dolphin. I noticed a new born dolphin that could not of been over 48 hours old. What an amazing sight in the wild.You never know what nature will throw your way. After viewing the mother dolphin and baby from a safe distance we continued over to the Tarpon Lodge. Matt and Sara loved the food and atmosphere at the Tarpon Lodge. I enjoyed the conversations at lunch as much as the food.  On the trip back to Captiva we made a surprise stop at Capt. Brian's secret spot "no number". Sara doesn't like surprises but she liked this spot. Thank you Matt and Sara for a wonderful day on the water and for being troopers at Secret spot "no number".

9 comments:

Traci Mason said...

Omg..look at those little barnicles...I just love barnicles, one of my favoritrs to collect!!

A new born baby dolphin..wow...how cool is that. Thats a rare site to a new born. Did u get pictures? I imagine not, probably to far away to get a good shot.

Sounds like a great time and some new friends!

gpc said...

Sounds like a fun trip - how amazing to see a baby dolphin! I've never found tusk shells and can't wait to develop 'the eye' for those on my next trip. And I've been wishin' wishin' to get back to visit Karen again, too, and find more teeth! Meanwhile, I try to pacify myself with your photos and trip descriptions. :)

Matt and Sarah Wickencamp said...

What a perfect account of our trip yesterday! There were so many highlights and the memories you helped create will make us smile when it's cold and snowy back in Nebraska :). Your a great captain, guide, and now friend. We look forward to another trip with you the next time we're here. Thanks so much for a great day capt Brian!!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I'd love to see a baby dolphin - what a thrill! Why is a shovel tied to the tree branch?

Capt. Brian Holaway said...

Traci, I kept a safe distance from momma dolphin and her newborn. I only got one good look at the little one. I tried to get a good shot but it never happened. Honestly I just wanted the mom to be with her baby. Sometimes you just are happy to have the snapshot in your mind. It was one of those days.

Capt. Brian Holaway said...

Kim, the shovel on the tree was just random. I guess someone put it there. I thought it was cool for random sakes. You never know what you will see.

Capt. Brian Holaway said...

gpc, Karen is the best.

Capt. Brian Holaway said...

Thank you Matt and Sara. It was a great day.

Moira said...

ooohhhh - more new fans!! and cool finds, too!!!