This albino sea turtle was found on a beach in Queensland, Australia. It is very rare.
This baby albino sea turtle may not be very big. Still, you should look at it closely because you probably won’t see another picture of a baby albino sea turtle for a long time.
On Sunday, five volunteers from the Coolum and North Shore Coast Care group in Australia studied turtle nests on Castaways Beach in Queensland. They saw the albino turtle for the first time.
On Friday, the other 122 baby turtles hatched and ran to the ocean, but one albino baby was still in the nest. He was lying on his back under a piece of protective mesh that kept foxes away from the nest. They named the turtle “Alby,” which was a good choice.
About 1 in 10,000 animals are born albino. Still, Col Limpus, the chief scientist at the Threatened Species Unit of the Queensland Government, says that Alby is much rarer.”Albino babies are very rare; it probably happens only once out of hundreds of thousands of eggs laid.”
Unfortunately, Alby has a very small chance of making it.
When you add that only one out of every 1,000 sea turtles makes it to adulthood and the fact that albino animals have a harder time surviving in the wild, you can see why no albino sea turtle has ever lived long enough to nest.