It’s one thing to see a tiny sea turtle making its way to the ocean. But it’s a whole other experience to spot an albino sea turtle.
This rare sight was captured and posted to the Coolum District Coast Care Group’s Facebook page. According to the group, this was the first albino green turtle they’ve spotted by in nine years of monitoring sea turtle hatchlings.
Appropriately named Alby, the albino was born on Castaways Beach in Australia. After hatching, it made its way to the ocean despite being the “straggler in the nest” (its brothers and sisters had already made their way to the ocean). It was one of 122 hatchlings spotted making their way to the ocean by the group.
The Coolum District and North Coast Care Group is a nonprofit that protects the coastal environment, including monitoring sea turtle nesting in the area.
“It looked like a normal turtle hatchling, except that it had a white shell and it had little white flippers, and you could see a little bit of pink under its flippers,” Linda Warneminde, president of the group, told an ABC affiliate.
This turtle certainly has an uphill battle. It’s estimated that one in 1000 hatchlings reach adulthood.
Good luck, Alby!