January 5, 2012 12:53 PM | By Jason Buckland, MSN Tech & Gadgets
Wildest hybrid animals

Hybrid sharks: Is humanity doomed?



The world's first-ever hybrid shark, it's a historic find, though not the first time two different species have combined to create a new one. In honour of Australia's find, MSN highlights more of the wildest hybrid animals found on earth. (© TreeHugger.com photo)
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In nature, everything has its place. Crocodiles grow in freshwater. Polar bears stay near the Arctic Circle. Suckerfish can be found in the close orbit of larger sea life. Yet it is because of this natural rigidity, which rarely bends, that scientists are so baffled today.

Recently uncovered in the waters off Australia is an unprecedented hybrid shark, a result of the mating of the common blacktip shark, known to the cooler seas near Sydney, and the Australian blacktip shark, which calls the warmer waters 1,000 miles north home.

It's a historic find - the world's first-ever hybrid shark - though not the first time two different species have combined to create a new one. In honour of Australia's find, MSN highlights more of the wildest hybrid animals found on earth.

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