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Rare white sea turtle hatchling found on South Carolina beach

Posted October 20, 2020 4:44 a.m. EDT

Rare white sea turtle hatchling found on South Carolina beach

— The Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol found an unusual white sea turtle on Monday while checking nests on a South Carolina beach.

According to a Facebook post, the rare white sea turtle hatchling is believed to have a genetic condition called leucism, which causes animals to have reduced pigmentation.

"Leucism is different from albinism as albino animals have a complete loss of pigment, leaving them completely white with red or pink eyes," the post reads.

Baby sea turtles are usually green or gray.

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