Middle: Tonight, we did the inventory of DEB16 N 6/16 between Walkways #3 and #4. As sea turtle volunteers, we have mixed feelings about discontinuing public inventories but know it is in everyone’s best interest. We enjoy the interaction with the public and the opportunity to “turtle educate”. Tonight, Kathi A. did a great job, in her animated way, of telling the large crowd about what they could do to help loggerheads. Pat and John were the counters with Pat St. digging out the large nest. Many white eggshells were brought out with just a few unhatched. Toward the end, Pat found one hatchling that had a condition called leucism. The perfectly formed turtle was almost white (like an albino). A hatchling with leucism was recently found at an inventory at Kiawah Island (see below). It has been many years since we have seen one here at DeBordieu & Hobcaw. This nest had an impressive 93% hatch success with a total nest count of 139! https://youtu.be/QYUS94eDToE
Leucism is different from albinism, as albino animals have a complete loss of pigment, leaving them completely white with red or pink eyes. Loggerhead turtles are typically “reddish brown,” the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory reports. Sea turtles with leucism are rare—largely because odds of survival in the ocean are slim,
Save the date: S.C.U.T.E. Loop 5K Run/Walk – October 23!