Extremely Rare Albino Turtle Spotted Off Australian Beach

Posted: Feb 10 2016, 2:51am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Extremely Rare Albino Turtle Spotted off Australian Beach
Extremely rare albino green turtle. Credit: Adrienne Savage/Coolum and North Shore Coast Care

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The baby turtle has pure white skin and pink eyes. The albino hatching occurs at a rate of one in many hundreds of thousands of eggs that are laid

A unique all-white turtle has been discovered in Australian beach.

The extremely rare albino turtle is newly hatched and was found strolling to the edge of the water along Queensland Sunshine Coast.

The tiny turtle, named Alby, is just five centimeters wide and hatched up last Friday alongside its 122 siblings but is shocking different from rest of its brothers and sisters.

The turtle was found by environmental volunteer group Coolum and North Shore Coast Care which has shared the photographs of this unique tiny creature on their social media accounts as well.

“Meet Alby, the first ever albino Green turtle we have come across in our 9 years of turtle monitoring.” Volunteer group wrote on Facebook.

Albino green turtles are extremely rare and experts suggest that this type of hatching occur at a rate of one in many hundreds of thousands of eggs that are laid. Researchers were shocked when they saw pink-eyed, snow white turtle.

“It looked like a normal turtle hatching, expect that it had a white shell and it had little white flippers and you could see a little bit of pink under its flippers.” Group president Leigh Warneminde told ABC News Australia.

“None of us had ever experienced or seen anything like that before, so we were all a little bit taken aback.”

Albino creatures lack the normal pigmentation which results in pure white skin and pink eyes. But unfortunately albino turtles are not well suited to the environment. Because of their color they have no camouflage or ability to blend in the environment to deceive predators, which in turn, makes them an easy prey for larger sea creatures.

Moreover, the general survival rate of turtle is also very poor, just 1 in 1,000, which further decreases the chances of this albino turtle to reach maturity.

“Normally, they don’t survive coming out of the nest and when they do they’re abnormal and not well suited to the environment, which means chances of survival are very slim,” said Warneminde.

These turtles travel long distance from Queensland’s coast to all the way to Chile, meaning they have to face a lot of threats pollution, plastic debris and fishing as well not just the predators.

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