Catch of a life: Boy, 15, snares rare giant albino catfish (Photos): Miss Petite Nigeria Blog

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Edwards Tarumianz brought home a giant fish on the morning of June 28, but he and the rest of the crew were more impressed with the catfish’s stunning hue than its monstrous size, as Field first reported. and Stream.

The blue catfish was completely white with bright pink and purple coloration around its fins and face, which could be the result of albinism or leucism.

Albinism is a condition where the pigment is absent from the skin and hair and is found in a number of animals, including humans.

Leucism, which is also a genetic condition, reduces pigmentation, leaving the animal pale or with spots of reduced coloration.

Captain Richard Simms, who was the charter guide that day, posted images of Tarumianz and his catch on Facebook, along with a statement: “You can catfish for the rest of your life and never never catch, or even see, another fish like this.

“I’ve been seriously catfishing for 30 years – guiding 17 of them – and this is the first albino to come in my boat.”

However, biologists from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) told Field and Stream they were unable to determine the genetic condition of the Tarumianz fish.

Pure albino animals will have pink eyes, nails, skin, and scales.

The pink coloring comes from blood vessels running through the skin.

Animals with leucism may have generally typical but milder coloring patterns.

“Either way, we can all agree that this is a terrific and rare catch,” a TWRA spokesperson told Field and Stream.

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