The first-ever all-white shark captured off Britain is the 'The fish of a lifetime'
ByFunAsia 08 Oct 2020 03:10 PM 54

According to reports from a British News Agency, The first-ever albino shark all-white in color has been captured off Britain, near the Isle Of Wight.


Jason Gillespie was deep-sea fishing in the area when he captured a unique three-foot tope shark.


50-year old Gillespie  said, "I've been fishing for 30 years, and I've never seen one like that." "It's the fish of a lifetime, one in a million."


The tope shark, or school shark, is in a condition called leucism that results in loss of pigmentation.


Gillespie said that he had heard everything about all-white sharks but had never seen them. He explained,

"I [had] heard of one person from Wales who caught one year ago, but it was much smaller about 6 lb."


"I generally think if they lose their color, 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, " he added.


He further added, "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."


Waterlooville, Hampshire resident, photographed the shark that took "less than a minute," and released the shark back into the ocean.


According to data from previous records, tope sharks were first discovered in 1758. They are "harmless to humans" and are found near continental shelves. They are widely distributed on the planet, found in areas such as the western and eastern Atlantic, southern Baja California and the Gulf of California in Mexico and more.



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