This hybrid has both Common and Australian black tip shark DNA.
This is pretty darn fascinating! Here’s life showing us how it adapts and evolves no matter what the conditions may be. In this case, nature has “created” a shark that usually lives in warmer waters but, through mating with genetic relatives, is now able to expand its’ range to be able to swim and hunt in cooler waters.
Discovery News writes:
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, said. “This is evolution in action.”
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