Friday 1 July 2022 03:51 PM Catch of a lifetime: 15-year-old boy hooks a rare all-white catfish while ... trends now

Friday 1 July 2022 03:51 PM Catch of a lifetime: 15-year-old boy hooks a rare all-white catfish while ... trends now
Friday 1 July 2022 03:51 PM Catch of a lifetime: 15-year-old boy hooks a rare all-white catfish while ... trends now

Friday 1 July 2022 03:51 PM Catch of a lifetime: 15-year-old boy hooks a rare all-white catfish while ... trends now

Catfish are generally brown with dark spots, but a 15-year-old boy fishing in Tennessee had a catch of a lifetime when he hooked one that is all-white.

Edwards Tarumianz reeled in a giant fish on the morning of June 28, but he and the rest of the crew were more impressed by the catfish's stunning hue rather than its monstrous size, as first reported on by Field and Stream.

The blue catfish was completely white with bright pink and purples coloring around its fins and face, which could be a result of either albinism or leucism.

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

While leucism, which is also a genetic condition, reduces pigmentation, leaving the animal pale or with patches of reduced coloring.

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Edwards Tarumianz reeled in a giant fish on the morning of June 28, but he and the rest of the crew were more impressed by the catfish's stunning hue rather than its monstrous size

Edwards Tarumianz reeled in a giant fish on the morning of June 28, but he and the rest of the crew were more impressed by the catfish's stunning hue rather than its monstrous size

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

'I've been catfishing seriously for 30 years—guiding for 17 of those—and that's the first albino to ever come in my boat.'

However, biologists from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) told Field and Stream that they are unable to determine which genetic condition Tarumianz's fish has.

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

The blue catfish was completely white with bright pink and purples coloring around its fins and face, which could be a result of either albinism or leucism

The blue catfish was completely white with bright pink and purples coloring around its fins and face, which could be a result of either albinism or leucism

The pink coloration comes from blood vessels showing through the skin.

Animals with leucism may have mostly typical but lighter coloration patterns.

'Regardless, we all agree that it is a great and rare catch,' a TWRA spokesperson told Field and Stream.

Although such sightings are rare in the animal kingdom, people are still able to come across them.

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