Rare white sea turtle found on South Carolina beach

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.

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.

Categories: Associated Press, News, SC, US

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *