Cream-Colored Sea Turtles Spotted on Florida Shores

Feb 16, 2013
The Reptile Report
by Robyn

The Reptile Report - Two rare sightings twice on the shores of Florida in recent weeks have conservationists reaching for the record books.

The sightings are of leucistic sea turtle hatchlings, creamy-colored tiny turtles whose lack of pigment gives them a pale blond look that distinguishes them from their fellow turtles and differentiates them from even albino species.

“It’s a lack of pigment, so it’s not exactly like albinism,” Melissa Ranly, the director of sea turtle rehabilitation at the Volusia Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, Fla., told ABCNews.com. “They actually have pigment in their eyes so they have brownish or blackish eyes instead of the pink you see in albinos.”

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