Rare yellow turtle rescued in Odisha’s Balasore

Subrat Kumar Sarangi

Bhubaneswar (NVI): A rare yellow turtle was spotted and rescued in Odisha’s Balasore district. A senior wildlife officer said it is a rare spotting as the whole shell and the body of the rescued turtle are yellow.

“This is a rare turtle, I have never seen one like this,” Bhanoomitra Acharya, Wildlife Warden said.

The yellow turtle was rescued by locals from Sujanpur village in Balasore district yesterday and handed over to the forest department.

Susanta Nanda, Senior IFS officer and Chief Executive of Chilika Development Authority tweeted that most probably the rescued turtle was an albino.

“A rare yellow turtle was spotted & rescued in Balasore, Odisha yesterday. Most probably it was an albino. One such aberration was recorded by locals in Sindh few years back,” he tweeted.

While sharing the photo of turtle, Nanda said it also appeared to have pink eyes, a feature that indicates albinism.

Albinism is a lack of pigmentation in the eyes, skin, and/or hair. It is an inherited condition resulting from the combination of recessive alleles passed from both parents of an individual. This condition is known to affect mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.