According to Dr. John Graves at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science albinism can occur in any species of animal, but no one knows why the condition seems to favor sailfish. Scientists do know that albinism can turn an animal's skin completely or partially white or pink and is caused by a mutation in one of the enzymes that produces pigment in the animal's skin. Back at the dock in Los Suenos, Beckwith's story caused a big stir. "It was the talk of the charter fleet," he says, "everyone had a theory or story about white sailfish." As for Beckwith, he says, "It was pretty cool, I feel real lucky to catch that fish."