Rare white sea turtle hatchling found on South Carolina beach
Posted October 20, 2020 4:44 a.m. EDT
Kiawah Island, S.C. — 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.