World's First Hybrid Shark

Well, it's not laser shark but nature is definitely taking a step towards the ultimate formation of the Sharktopus. Behold, ladies and gentlemen: the world's first hybrid shark!

Scientists said on Tuesday that they had discovered the world's first hybrid sharks in Australian waters, a potential sign the predators were adapting to cope with climate change.

The mating of the local Australian black-tip shark with its global counterpart, the common black-tip, was an unprecedented discovery with implications for the entire shark world, said lead researcher Jess Morgan.

"It's very surprising because no one's ever seen shark hybrids before, this is not a common occurrence by any stretch of the imagination," Morgan, from the University of Queensland, told AFP.

"This is evolution in action."


Dr. Evil would definitely approve! Link (Photo: Pascal Geraghty)

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About climate change - it's theorized that as certain animals who rely on certain habitats lose those habitats due to climate change, their population decreases, and therefore they're less likely to find mates of their own species. So they end up mating with other species.

That's how I understand it anyway.
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