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Snow white among the other turtles

Everything’s all white with this unique new arrival at the Turtle Farm.

For the first time in three years an albino sea turtle has been born. And although the baby is too young to determine its sex, it still hasn’t been given a name.

The turtle like all other Green Sea Turtle’s is fed a high protein and balanced diet.

And because of its skin tone, the baby is particularly sensitive to sun. Instead of covering the youngster in factor 50 sun screen, its been given a special shady tank!

Walter Mustin of the Turtle Farm said: “Albinos like this one lack pigment in the skin due to an absence or malfunction of an enzyme involved in the production of melanin.”

Because they are so susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer, survival rates of albino turtles are pretty low.

So the staff are doing all they can to make the reptile as comfortable as possible.

Mr Mustin added: “The part of the tank in which it will be housed is shaded to provide cover from direct sunlight.”

Fact File 

  • Green Sea Turtle’s live in two distinct populations in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
  • The Green Sea Turtle is a fairly large species with a length of about 5 ½ feet and weighing up to 400 pounds
  • Hawaii has one of the largest populations of them in the world
  • While the color of an Albinistic human eye is blue, the eyes of an animal with albinism are occasionally red
  • Albinism is seen in snakes, sharks, whales, dolphins, zebras, rabbits, peacocks, turtles, frogs, deer, skunk and many other animals


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