I’ll be honest, I didn’t know that turtles could be yellow so it’s a surprise to see the guy in the photo above even existing at all.
Featured Image VIA
This is actually a rare albino version of an Indian flap shel turtlel and was discovered at a village pond in West Bengal, India. Generally, flap shell turtles are around nine to fourteen inches wide and look like your regular turtle, so this version is extremely rare – although one was also discovered in South Australasia in 2016.
It wasn’t clear what caused the turtle to turn yellow this time or previously, but obviously it’s caused quite a commotion because of its usual colour. Thankfully biologist Sneha Dharwadka has laid out a couple of theories about how it might have ended up looking like this.
Here’s what she had to say:
It’s an albino kind whose peculiar yellow colour is may be bcoz of either some genetic mutation or congenital disorder due to absence of tyrosine pigment. @SudhaRamenIFS @drqayumiitk @wiiofficial1 @moefcc @susantananda3 @mvraoforindia pic.twitter.com/Yfhdu3D06t
— Debashish Sharma, IFS (@deva_iitkgp) October 27, 2020
Oh right, should have known it was the absence of tyrosine pigment, silly me.
Anyway, this was a twice in a lifetime find, so naturally everyone on Twitter decided to compare it to melted cheese, cheeseburgers and egg yolks:
God said: pic.twitter.com/3m20Iqk5Oe
— WeaponTheory (@WeaponTheory) November 1, 2020
— Ordingandr (@Ordingandr96) November 1, 2020
Ok I think I need glasses or some food. I thought the first pic was a slice os cheese melting on a hamburger patty 🍔 😂😂😂
— Kari, just Kari✌🏽🤪🤟🏾 (@KoolNurd) November 1, 2020
— Glitched (@Glitched_Hero) November 1, 2020
same energy pic.twitter.com/Ey0WAZfA2j
— Dan the Birdman (VOTE OR 💀) (@jaegermaestro) November 2, 2020
ngl, I thought this was a slice of kraft singles
— treehead ☭ (@general_praxis) November 1, 2020
Stay classy Twitter. Kinda looks a bit like a yellow Greggs pasty to me. Hopefully nobody gets the wrong idea about it and tries to eat it before it gets a chance to be studied properly.
For more of the same, check out this turtle that was having so much sex he had to be fitted with wheels. What?