We left the dock under the sliver of a sunrise. We headed to the sandbar off Captiva which is growing and growing in the Gulf, so much that you could call it an island. The island/sandbar is nothing but sand and seashells. We started the trip by shelling this unique spot. The next stop on our journey was to a beach that doesn't see a lot of human activity. We had many excellent finds, a piece of junonia, THREE pieces of lions paws, sea whips and one of my favorites - the worm shell. One of the sisters pointed out an osprey chick in the nest. It was the first one I have seen this nesting season. "Thank you for that." It was a fun day of exploring and shelling with the Chicago sisters.
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