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US Rare sea turtle discovered on South Carolina beach in 'elusive' find

20:50  19 october  2020
20:50  19 october  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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Scientists have published a photo of a rare sea turtle hatchling with two heads that was spotted on a South Carolina beach earlier this week. “This mutation is more common in reptiles than in other animals but it is still very rare . As with other live hatchlings found during a nest inventory, this

A sea turtle monitoring group discovered the unusual hatchling on a beach on Hilton Head Island on Tuesday. The rare two-headed loggerhead turtle The researchers who found it have named the two heads Squirt and Crush. "We thought we had seen it all during this very busy season on Sea Turtle

Volunteers in South Carolina checking on sea turtles on Sunday made a surprise discovery when they came across a rare white sea turtle hatchling.

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The town of Kiawah Island shared on Facebook that the Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol came across the lone white baby sea turtle crawling across the sand.

"You can imagine the excited 'oohs' and the 'aah’s' from the guests, including some College of Charleston students, when the patroller found a lone, leucistic hatchling in the nest," the town said.

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A sea turtle monitoring group discovered the unusual hatchling on a beach on Hilton Head Island on Tuesday. https It couldn't really swim," said marine biologist Amber Kuehn. "One head governed one side (of the turtle 's body) on the front, and other head governed the other flipper.

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The hatchling is believed to have a genetic condition called leucism, which causes animals to have reduced pigmentation.

"Leucism is different from albinism as albino animals have a complete loss of pigment, leaving them completely white with red or pink eyes," the town said.

Sea turtles with leucism have black eyes and a small amount of pigment on their skin.

Photos released by the town show the tiny turtle that appears a creamy white color rather than the more typical gray or green of a sea turtle.

The condition is described as extremely rare, but it's unclear exactly how often such turtles are found in the wild.

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The Olive Ridley Project, a sea turtle conservation group, states that sea turtles with leucism typically have a hard time surviving because of a lack of camouflage.

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A two-headed spotted turtle hatchling was found on Hilton Head Island, S . C . on Wednesday, Fox 46 Charlotte reports. Yesterday on patrol during a nest inventory this bicephalic hatchling was discovered ," Sea Turtle Patrol wrote. The organization added that the two-headed baby sea turtle

A rare , two-headed turtle hatchling has been found on a beach in South Carolina . The tiny turtle was found by volunteers working for the Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island, who were carrying out a nest inventory following a hatching on the shores of the beach . The bicephalic turtle was subsequently

Sea turtles typically spend their first few months hiding under patches of seaweed in the ocean, growing as fast as possible because the larger they are, the fewer predators they have.

"Camouflage is important to all animals, particularly very small sea turtle hatchlings that are predated on by almost everything," the group states. "So, to be born white makes you stand out and very visible to predators."

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