I, For One, Etc. of the Day: Scientists in Australia say they’ve discovered the world’s first hybrid shark — a cross being the genetically distinct common black-tip and Australian black-tip — swimming along the coastline between New South Wales and Queensland.
“Telling the hybrids is extremely difficult, which is why it has never been done before,” Dr. Colin Simfendorfer of James Cook University told ABC Radio. “It came very much out of leftfield. We didn’t think it was a possibility, but lo and behold there it was.”
57 hybrids were found in five separate locations.
Unlike other hybrids in the animal world, these new sharks appear to be mating with other members of their species. Scientists speculate that the cause of interbreeding could be environmental change: The two black-tip species that make up the hybrid favor different water temperatures.
As to whether there is any chance of the hybrids turning into a “Jaws-style mega-shark,” the scientists say there is no risk of that at this time.
No word on lasers, though.
Eh pano pag Sharktopus? May possibility kaya? :))