A shark with big pearly whites, to be sure.
According to British news agency SWNS, the first-ever albino shark has been captured off the coast of Britain, near the Isle of Wight.
When Jason Gillespie was deep-sea fishing in the region, he came across a three-foot tope shark.
Gillespie, 50, said, “I’ve been fishing for 30 years and I’ve never seen one like that.” “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime catch, one in a million.”
Leucism is an illness that affects the tope shark, or school shark, to lose its pigmentation. Leucism occurs when some or all pigment cells fail to form during differentiation, resulting in a lack of cells capable of producing pigment on part or all of the animal’s body surface.
Gillespie stated that while he had heard about all-white sharks previously, he had never seen one.
Gillespie stated, “I [had] heard of one person from Wales who caught one years ago, but it was considerably smaller, approximately 6 lb.” “I think they struggle to live if they lose their color because they don’t have the same camouflage, can’t hunt as efficiently, and are picked up by predators.”
“Because tope are a protected species, we unhook them in the water,” Gillespie explained. “However, the minute I noticed this one, I rushed to my buddy to get the net and knew I needed to capture some shots of it, so we hauled her on ship and got some pictures.”
The Waterlooville, Hampshire guy released the shark back into the ocean after photographing it for “less than a minute,” according to him.
Tope sharks, which were originally identified in 1758 and are typically located near continental shelves, are “harmless to people,” according to MarineBio.org. They may be found all over the world, including the western and eastern Atlantic, southern Baja California, and the Gulf of California in Mexico, among other places.
Tope sharks may live up to 55 years and are killed for their flesh, liver, oil, and fins, among other things. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species classifies them as “critically endangered.”