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Unusual skull found to be ultra-rare hybrid

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A skull long suspected of belonging to a rare Arctic hybrid has now had its unusual biology confirmed via DNA analysis.

According to the results, this strange beast had a beluga whale for a dad and a narwhal for a mum, and would have forged its own path, distinct from the lifestyles of both parents.

The skull was collected in 1990 by a hunter who found three of the unusual animals swimming in the waters off the coast of West Greenland. The animals described by the hunter were like no cetacean ever before seen, so the single skull he preserved from the hunt was taken to the Natural History Museum of Denmark, where it's been ever since.

https://www.sciencealert.com/a-skull-in-museum-storage-is-the-ultra-rare-hybrid-of-a-narwhal-and-beluga-whale

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Hybridization between two high Arctic cetaceans confirmed by genomic analysis

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-44038-0

 

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DieChecker

WEIRD!!

I've never heard of such a thing.

The teeth are really interesting in how they are different then either parent.

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Manwon Lender

That is some interesting information, hopefully there are some others still living. To be safe they should put them on the endangered species lists, until they prove one way or the other if any are still alive.

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Susanc241

Pity there was no pic pics of the animals to compare, or at least an artist impression of the hybrid.  Fascinating, all the same.

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DieChecker

I did see this...

New Scientist

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Lorenzen says that reports from the hunter say the animal was evenly grey in colour, had flippers shaped like those of belugas and a tail shaped like that of a narwhal. 

There is a picture of artist recreation, but I couldn't get it to link here.

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Buzz_Light_Year

Ocean Mules. lol

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