The Baby Albino Sea Turtle Is The Rarest Animal You Will Ever See


After nearly 10 years of monitoring Vambizi Island off the coast of Mozambique, researchers have finally seen something they hadn’t before: Albino turtle hatchlings. They tiny, they’re pale, and they’re basically the cutest things we’ve ever seen.

Conservationists studying the island found the two albino sea turtles on a nesting beach, along with three other little guys that had regular pigmentation. See the incredible photos of these rare reptiles below.

Researchers haven’t seen turtles like this since they began studying the island. The oddest part about them is that they don’t even have pigmentation in their eyes.

They were discovered alongside some other hatchlings, all with normal coloring and pigmentation.
All the turtles were released from their nesting zone, and slowly made their way to the see.

Only around one in 10,000 animals are born albino, but according to Col Limpus, chief scientist with Queensland’s Government’s Threatened Species Unit, Albino is much more rare. “Albino hatchlings are extremely rare; it probably occurs at the rate of one in many hundreds of thousands of eggs that are laid.”

Pair that with the fact that only one in 1,000 sea turtles live to maturity — not to mention the fact that all albino animals have a harder time surviving in the wild — and it starts to make sense that there’s no record of an albino sea turtle living long enough to nest.

“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 the chance of survival is very slim.”

The researchers responsible for finding them are now digging deeper to see if any other studies have documented turtles such as these.

One thing is for sure: These odd little colorless sea turtles are truly amazing, and we hope they continue to thrive.



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October 30, 2018 |

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