On August 18, 2019 at about 4:47 PM, Mr. Rey Rosales Obciana, Kagawad of Brgy. Dalahican and a resident of Purok 3b Brgy. Dalahican, Lucena City handed over one (1) Rare Leucistic Sea Turtle to PCPT MANUEL M MAGAT and received by Patrolman Chris Y Siega.
Investigation disclosed that at about 4:30 PM of same date, children of Purok 4 Demesa, Brgy. Dalahican were playing at the shoreline of said barangay and noticed the said Sea Turtle.
Immediately, they reported it to the Officials at Brgy. Hall of Dalahican. Mr. Rey Rosales Obciana eventually decided to turn over said sea turtle to Regional Maritime Unit 4A.
The personnel of RMU 4A coordinated with DENR which facilitated for the release of the said sea turtle back to wild.
Leucism, on the other hand, is a partial loss of pigmentation, which can make the animal have white or patchily colored skin, hair, feathers and so on, but the pigment cells in the eyes are not affected by the condition. Leucisim is often mistaken for albinism, but they are two verydifferent conditions. (Sources: mnn.com and wikipedia)