Naples Vanderbilt Beach in December: 1-2-3-Jackpot!

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Vanderbilt Beach  Brittle Star

Sue Wieber Nourse of Turtle Journal scoured Vanderbilt Beach in Naples, Florida this Monday after a stormy cold-front riled up the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  As she began strolling Vanderbilt, Sue found a brittle star tossed ashore.

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Two Brittle Stars on Vanderbilt Beach

A few paces south she discovered a pair of brittle stars that had also washed up on the beach.

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Three Vanderbilt Beach Brittle Stars

Like clockwork, the next batch contained three brittle stars.  In fact, storms had left hundreds and hundreds of brittle stars scattered all along Vanderbilt Beach.  A woman stopped Sue as she snapped photographs of these critters for Turtle Journal.  “In all my years coming here to Naples I’ve never seen so many of these … ahhh … stars.”

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Brittle Star and Sand Dollars

Not too far down the beach, Sue hit the metaphorical jackpot:  another brittle star guarding seven sand dollars.  Don’t spend them all in one place, Sue, unless you’re buying a sand castle or juicy mud pies.

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