The baby turtle was spotted in the sand by volunteers who were collecting data, the post noted. It "happily made his/her way across the dunes into the ocean" on Saturday, a day after his/her siblings hatched on Castaways Beach.
(Yeah, I'm not sure? Maybe Alby is actually a girl turtle? Sorry, I just picked a pronoun. Let's all blame patriarchy and move on.)
"It looked like a normal turtle hatchling, except that it had a white shell and it had little white flippers, and you could see a little bit of pink under its flippers," the group's president, Linda Warneminde, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
She continued: "None of us had ever experienced or seen anything like that before, so we were all a little bit taken aback."
Yeah, that reaction makes sense. It's not like you see turtles like Alby every day.
"Albino hatchlings are extremely rare; it probably occurs at the rate of one in many hundreds of thousands of eggs that are laid," Queensland scientist Col Limpus told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
"I just hope he survives out in the big sea," Walton told the BBC. "He was very fast, very keen to get in the water."
Here's the Australian Broadcasting Corp. again, with more:
Dr Limpus said in his 50 years of work with turtles, he was yet to see a record of an albino as a nesting turtle anywhere in the world, which suggested to him that they had a low survival rate."Normally they don't survive coming out of the nest and when they do they're abnormal and not well suited to the environment, which means the chance of survival is very slim," he said.
Welp. Good luck, Alby! Jayne and I are pulling for you.