World record albino Catfish caught in Spain
An albino catfish caught in Spain last week by British angler Bernie Campbell may be a new world record for wels catfish
. The 206-pound cat was caught near Barcelona, weighed, and released. Campbell has targeted this particular species for seven years. No word on whether or not it bit off his leg, like another famous (and fictional) angler who made it his life mission
to catch another great, white, and vengeful fish.The standing world record is 196 pounds and was set by another guest with CatMaster Tours in 2012.
What causes albinism in fish?
Albinism is a genetic condition. Fish with albinism do not produce melanin, which colours the skin. Heavy metals in the water can induce a higher incidence of albinism.Despite being rare, albino wels catfish are not specifically endangered
. They can live up to 80 years in the wild, so who knows - Campbell's cat may come back.Hat tips to GrindTV and Daily Mail, who first ran this story.