Fisherman rolls into completely white red snapper and determines he has leucism
‘needle in a haystack’ off New Smyrna Beach
NEW BEACH IN SMYRNA, FLORIDA – Catching a leucistic fish is like finding a needle in a haystack, and on Saturday angler Johnathon Morris found the needle while fishing in federal waters off the coast of New Smyrna Beach.
Johnathon caught a completely white snapper, and after seeing the photo, marine fisheries biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirmed he was suffering from a disease known as leucism.
It is a condition in animals characterized by reduced pigmentation.
Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in all types of skin pigments, not just melanin.
A key difference between albinism and leucism is in the color of the eyes. This fish had black eyes, while animals with albinism usually have red eyes due to the underlying blood vessels that show through.
This is a very rare catch and the snapper was broken down and released after the photos were taken.
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