Australia isn’t just home to an albino whale, but also an albino turtle! Wildlife volunteers got a pleasant surprise recently when they found an albino turtle on Castaways Beach in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Members of the Coolum and North Shore Coast Care group were surveying a green turtle nest on Sunday when they discovered the rare hatchling – one of 122 in the nest – hiding under the sand.
‘He was beautiful, you could see his flippers were pink, like the blood flowing’, said Pergian Beach resident Jane Walton.
In an interview with ABC News, threatened species expert Dr Col Limpus said, ‘Albino hatchlings are extremely rare; it probably occurs at the rate of one in many hundreds of thousands of eggs that are laid’.
And though the chances of this turtle reaching maturity are slim – about one in a thousand – the volunteer group reported that it scurried away to the sea successfully. ‘It was very chipper and just took off into the water as happy as can be’, said group president Linda Warneminde.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed we get to see this little white fellow again in a few years!