A Different Kind of Hybrid

by Daniel Foster

And no, I’m not talking about the rumored solar/bio-fecal hybrids. I’m talking about fearsome new super-sharks!

BRISBANE, Australia –  Scientists have discovered the world’s first hybrid sharks in Australian waters, with multiple generations of the new creature found along the nation’s east coast.

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“Wild hybrids are usually hard to find, so detecting hybrids and their offspring is extraordinary,” said Jennifer Ovenden from the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries.

Fifty-seven of the marine animals were found along a 1,243-mile (2,000-km) stretch between northern New South Wales and far north Queensland, with Ovenden calling the discovery “unprecedented.”

The new shark is a hybrid of the genetically distinct Australian blacktip, whose range extends north from Brisbane, and the larger common blacktip found in southeastern coastal waters.

The scientists say interbreeding between the two shark species is a sign the animals are adapting to climate change and they also warn that hybridization could make the sharks stronger.

Climate change, eh? Well if the shark adaptation pattern matches the human one, hybrid sharks will be followed by — ELECTRIC SHARKS!!!!!!!!

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