“Very Uncommon” Non-Albino White Catfish Found In Texas Lake

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A white catfish (of the blue catfish species) was found in Lake Arrowhead in Texas. The catfish isn’t an albino – it’s an odd, extremely rare color variation.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department was using low-level electrofishing survey to temporarily stun fish and bring them to the surface, allowing them to rise to the surface without causing permanent harm. The Department does this regularly to ensure there are plenty of catfish in the lake for people who want to fish.

We just completed a low-frequency electrofishing survey targeting Blue Catfish at Lake Arrowhead. As the pictures will…

Posted by Inland Fisheries Wichita Falls District – Texas Parks and Wildlife on Monday, September 16, 2019

According to Robert Mauk, a biologist at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department fishery, the color is simply an unusual genetic variation of normal coloring in catfish.

“It just has a different variation color-wise. It’s very uncommon,” he told KSAT.

You can learn more about actual albino catfish below.

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