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Extremely Rare Bright-Yellow Banana Catfish Caught In A Lake

Martin Glatz from the Netherlands was out fishing with his twin brother when he captured the most unique fish he had ever seen.

He and his brother who is a professional angler had caught many catfish in their lives, but never one like this bright yellow thing.

He panicked at first, “I have never seen such a catfish before,” he tells Live Science, “I am still overwhelmed by it.”

He threw it straight back into the water after, of course, capturing a picture while holding it.

Catfish are fairly common but the fact that it was a banana yellow color makes it extremely rare.

Its coloring is likely due to a rare genetic skin disorder called Leucism, like albinism but not as extreme.

The fish was released after a few photos

The fish’s pigmentation was greatly reduced everywhere except the eyes.

This genetic disorder causing a yellow color has been observed in many marine animals such as penguins, turtles, and more

While it looks interesting to us, leucism poses a problem for these animals in the wild as it diminishes the animal’s natural camouflage.

Although this catfish has avoided its predators for long enough for it to grow to an enormous size.

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Written by Joe Kahlo