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. Scientists say the discovery of interbred sharks could signal the presence of new "tropical" sharks in waters as far south as Sydney, The Australian reported. "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.
(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.
That's cool and all, but let's face it, blacktip sharks just don’t have the
same cachet as say, great whites, bull sharks or hammerheads. What do you think
would be the coolest, best fighting or just plain terrifying hybrid shark?