Scientists Discover Whale-Dolphin Hybrid Near Hawaii

Melon-headed whales swimming in tropical waters

Melon-headed whales swimming in tropical waters

Scientists from Cascadia Research Collective, off the coast of Hawaii have discovered an unusual mammal - a hybrid of a whale and a Dolphin. The family covers sea dolphins and some whales, which is why inter-species breeding is possible.

In August 2017 researchers at Cascadia Research Collective studied the waters of the Pacific before the beginning of military exercises and noticed near the Hawaiian island of Kauai cub unknown to them.

The term was first used in 1985 at Hawaii's Sea Life Park for a hybrid between a false killer whale and an Atlantic bottle-nose dolphin.

"It isn't and shouldn't be considered a new species", Robin Baird, a biologist with the research group, told HuffPost in an email. Perhaps in the future, there could be more dolphin and whale hybrids, but it remains to be seen if this previously rare event will become more commonplace down the line.

'That isn't the case, although there are examples where hybridisation has resulted in a new species, ' he said.

The research team will return to Kauai next week, hoping to confirm their theory.

The parent whales and the hybrid are pictured in this undated photo. But as Quanta Magazine explains, isolated occurrences of individual hybrids aren't typically considered new species, either because the hybrids can not reproduce or because lone hybrids are apt to just get reabsorbed into existing species by mating with an animal that's the same species as one of its parents.

Two of the ocean's most beloved sea creatures morph into one awesome animal, as a team of researchers discovered in the past year. "We were able to get a biopsy sample of the animal".

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We all know the Tiger Lion hybrid the Liger, or the Zebra Horse hybrid: the Zorse and of course the ill-fated Human Chimpanzee hybrid; the humanzee.

The male hybrid presents an opportunity to look for others.

A likely scenario for how the hybrid came to be is a melon-headed whale getting separated from its group and ending up traveling with rough-toothed dolphins.

Hybrids can be the effect of a population drop in one species and an individual experiences difficulty in finding a mate.

This latest hybrid animal is not the first to be branded with the "wholfin" name.

SEE ALSO: Iceland gets away with killing dozens of huge, endangered whales.

"To know she has cousins out there in the ocean is an wonderful thing to know", said Sea Life park curator Jeff Pawloski in response to the new discovery, which he said was proof of the "genetic diversity of the ocean".

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