Extremely rare albino baby turtle found on Australian beach

Extremely rare albino baby turtle found on Australian beach

A group of volunteers surveying turtle nests on Castaways Beach in Australia found an extremely rare albino hatchling.

The volunteers, from Coolum & North Shore Coast Care, were on the beach to count empty turtle shells to estimate the number of green sea turtles had hatched and made their way to the ocean.

They expected the nest to hatch last Friday, but when they arrived there they were surprised to find a small albino hatchling on its back. While the nest was of green sea turtles, which are also known as Pacific sea turtles; the small albino hatchling was not green. The baby tortoise was featuring white shell and white flippers.

Group President Linda Warneminde told reporters, “None of us had ever experienced or seen anything like that before, so we were all a little bit taken aback … He [the baby tortoise] wasn’t sick, he was just white.”

Dr. Col Limpus, chief scientist of the Queensland Government’s Threatened Species Unit, said that albino turtles are extremely rare as an albino hatchling occurs at a rate of one in several thousands of eggs. The albino hatchling found on the Castaways Beach was a couple of days behind the other hatchlings, but it managed to reach the sea.

Generally, green sea turtles have a survival to maturity rate of merely 1 in 1,000 hatchlings, and albino turtles have an even worse rate of survival. Baby turtles have to overcome numerous hurdles, ranging from predators to plastic debris.