A fisherman from the United Kingdom has caught an extremely rare all-white shark, which is believed to be the first known Albino Shark.
The angler reportedly hooked the super rare shark off the coast of Britain, reported several news agencies.
50-year-old Jason Gillespie was out deep-sea fishing with some pals when he caught an entirely white tope shark near the Isle of Wight.
The name of the place and the shark being white suggests that this is the best way to find an all0white shark.
The shark that he caught was around 3 feet long and is leucistic, which means that it is snow white and has no pigment in its skin.
Jason, who is from Hampshire, usually releases tope sharks after he catches them.
But he decided to reel this one in because he wanted to take pictures of the extremely rare shark before throwing it back into the sea again.
Good job Jason, good job.
Talking about his love for fishing, Jason said:
I’ve been fishing for 30 years and I’ve never seen one like that. Apparently it’s a condition where the pigment dies out of the skin colour. It’s similar to an albino, but they have red eyes generally. I caught it on Tuesday, off the Isle of Wight – what’re the chances? I have no idea. It’s the fish of a lifetime, one in a million. I’ve certainly never seen one, it’s been on Facebook since Tuesday and no one else has come forward and said they have caught one. I heard of one person from Wales who caught one years ago but it was much smaller, about 6lb. I think generally if they lose their colour they struggle to survive because they don’t have the same camouflage and they can’t hunt as effectively and they get picked up by predators. With tope, they are a protected species, so we unhook them in the water, but the minute we saw this one I shouted to my mate to grab the net and knew I needed to get some photos of it so we pulled her on board and took some pictures. We released her as quick as possible, she was only on the boat for less than a minute.
This has to be one of the best and most rare catches of all time!
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