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Scot Fishers Snare 'Ghost' Fish, Rare Albino Monkfish

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SHETLAND, Scotland -- The crew of a Shetland fishing boat may have thought they had seen a ghost when they hauled up their nets last week.

Amongst the seething mass of white fish squirming on the deck of the newly built Copious LK985 was one fish which was even whiter than the rest.

Yesterday (Tuesday) fisheries scientist and monkfish specialist Chevonne Laurenson displayed the fish at the NAFC Marine Centre, in Scalloway, revealing it to be a rare albino monkfish.

The two foot long female, caught 45 miles east of Shetland, weighed more than 5lbs and was unusually light in colour, completely lacking the usual dark, background pigment, and had pink eyes.

Dr Laurenson said it was around five years old and would now be added to the center's reference collection.

"Albino monkfish have been recorded before but, as with albinos in other species, they are rare," she said.

Albinos of all species, including humans, share an inability to form the dark pigment called melanin.

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3 people have commented so far. cloud add your comment

My question is was the fish dead? And are they going to keep it in an aquarium type place? Or id it was dead how are they going to keep it? Maybe perserve it or something, GROSS!!!
   comment# 1   - Liss · The Lonestar State · Apr 5, 2007 @ 1:02pm

My dearest Liss, The fish will be kept at NAFC Marine Centre, in Scalloway in a 'jar' of formaldehyde which preserves the fish. It was killed on the Shetland fishing boat 'Copious LK985' as these boats are out at sea for prolonged time and to keep the fish they catch fresh they kill, gut, and store them on ice. In this case they probably just froze the fish as not being sure what it was. Kind regards, A.M.
   comment# 2   - Antony Mous · Tana, Malagasy Republic (aka Madagascar) · Jun 23, 2007 @ 2:03pm

grrr i want the monkfish its so cool
   comment# 3   - bj · newport news va usa · Apr 11, 2013 @ 7:01am
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