Rare white sea turtle found on South Carolina beach

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White sea turtle found in Oct. 2020. (Photo: Town of Kiawah Island)

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC (AP) — Volunteers checking sea turtle nests on a South Carolina beach came upon a rare sight: a white sea turtle hatchling crawling across the sand.

The town of Kiawah Island posted on its Facebook page that the Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol found a lone white baby sea turtle on Sunday.

Photos show a tiny turtle that’s a creamy white color rather than the more typical gray or green of a sea turtle.

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The town says the hatchling is believed to have a genetic condition called leucism, which causes animals to have reduced pigmentation.

A conservation group says such animals typically have a hard time surviving because of a lack of camouflage.