Isle of Wight County Press:

A Hampshire man says catching a completely white shark off the Isle of Wight was a “the fish of a lifetime, one in a million.” 

Jason Gillespie made the catch while fishing above a wreck site off the Island’s coast last week.

The tope shark, which experts think has a pigmentation deficiency, which means it has lost its usual colouring, was released unharmed after some quick photographs.

The fifty year old shop-fitter says no one has contacted him to say they have caught anything similar in English waters, making it pretty unique.

The shark was returned to the water just after this picture (Image: SWNS)

According to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, we shouldn’t be scared by this incredible catch.

The organisation says there has never been a recorded unprovoked Tope attack on a human.

In 2018, the Isle of Wight was named the fourth best place in the country for shark spotting.

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