Rare white sea turtle found on Kiawah Island

Rare white sea turtle found on Kiawah Island
Sea turtles with leucism typically have a hard time surviving because of a lack of camouflage. (Source: Town of Kiawah Island)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Volunteers with the Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol spotted a rare white sea turtle hatchling crawling across the sand while checking sea turtle nests on a South Carolina beach, Sunday, according to an Associated Press, SC, report Monday, October 19.

A Facebook page post from the Town of Kiawah Island SC, shared that the Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol had discovered this creamy white colored hatchling Sunday morning. Typically, a baby sea turtle is gray or green in color.

The turtle is believed to have a genetic condition called leucism, which causes animals to have reduced pigmentation. It is extremely rare and reduces the chance of the sea turtle surviving because of the lack of camouflage.

This morning, our Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol #kitp , Zone 8, inventoried the last nest on the island. #338. You can...

Posted by Town of Kiawah Island, SC on Sunday, October 18, 2020

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