A rare albino turtle was born before the eyes of animal rights activists on an island in the Great Barrier Reef. Watchman Australian Edition Online. Lady Elliott Island in Queensland, at the southernmost point of the Great Barrier Reef, which treats turtle nests, came across a little pink animal on Monday that had just hatched from an egg.
“I picked up some sand and it was there in the nest.” “I was so shocked to see something really special,” Buckman told the paper. His partner, Jim Buck, who has been involved in turtle conservation and control for more than thirty years, estimates that nearly every 100,000 turtle eggs hatch from white chicks. He didn’t see more than one or two either.
They were even more surprised when they came across another albino, but it didn’t survive, and found it half hatching. “It is difficult to know if there are more of them, because we are not present when all of them are hatched,” he added.
Albinism is a rare genetic disorder that means a complete or partial deficiency of pigmentation. In the animal world, this usually has a short life span because an albino is not easy to hide. Buck had never seen an adult albino turtle throughout his career.
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The albino chick found on Monday wasn’t the strongest one, but with a little help it emerged from the nest to travel 10-15 meters into the sea. However, animal rights activists don’t hope to see him again. “Usually one in 1,000 chickens deserve turtle soup into adulthood, but albinism is less likely to do so,” Buckman said.
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