Please Sign In

Please enter a valid username and password
  • Log in with Facebook
» Not a member? Take a moment to register
» Forgot Username or Password

Why Register?
Signing up could earn you gear (click here to learn how)! It also keeps offensive content off our site.

Scientists Discover Hybrid Sharks in Australia

Recent Comments

Categories

Recent Posts

Archives

Syndicate

Google Reader or Homepage
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My AOL

Field Notes
in your Inbox

Enter your email address to get our new post everyday.

January 04, 2012

Scientists Discover Hybrid Sharks in Australia

By Chad Love

As if normal sharks aren't interesting enough, scientists in Australia have discovered the world's first instance of "hybrid" sharks.

From this story on foxnews.com:

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.

Fifty-seven of the marine animals were found along a 1,243-mile (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?

Comments (13)

Top Rated
All Comments
from BaboosicBomb wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Hammerhead Great White.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from FOX wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Bull and great white, imagining a shark the size of a great white, aggressive as a bull ,and able to go in fresh water.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckfan125 wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Great White and Whale Shark. Oh Gosh!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Joe_Cermele wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Spiny dogfish and a great white. Gets you two ways: total disappointment when you reel it up, but can also kill you.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from ggmack wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

as funny as joe's post is, I gotta go with Fox on this one. A beast with a white's size with the attitude of a bull would be one heck of a fighter.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from bass bomber wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

The Greenland mixed with a Tiger. The garbage can of the ocean mixed with a shark that eats caribou & seals and can swim up the Hudson river. Move to the desert if that happens.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from RockySquirrel wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

How about a 25 foot seagoing salt water crocodile that can crush a whole cows head with its jaw, weighs over a ton, Can migrate between ocean to fresh water and land and back at will. Can jump 6 feet straight up, run 7 to 10 MPH on land and 18 MPH in the water. No….. wait. That ones for real,

Fighting the croc would be so big, your live bait would have to be like a boat of tourists. And since an ambush is their preferred hunting method, like.. us using a tree stand; just when you think you are stalking him, he might be stalking you. The hunter is the hunted

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Gimpergoo wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Great White and Orca would be cool.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from fng wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

if I can use megladon, then that and bull shark; imagine something the size of a bullet train in fresh water? gives me nightmares. Other than that, triple threat; bull-mako bred with a great white; agressive, fast, able to fresh-water AND the size of a small sub.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Justin Ilbrink wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

great white, bull and tiger shark thats the three worst in one fricken shark!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from FlannelGuy23 wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

a tiger shark and a mako shark, camoflauged and fast as lighting! Or a great white and blue shark, that way it will track you and be a massive eater. Maybe a Tiger, bull,mako and great white,.... the ultimate killer, plus we could call it a, WHITE-BULL-MAKO-TIGER!!!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from WorldOutdoorsman wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Definetly Great White and Hammerhead. That would be a good fight to hook into!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Eddie Mendoza wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

A Mako and Great White hybrid, a fish fast enough to snatch you off a jet ski.

0 Good Comment? | | Report

Post a Comment

from BaboosicBomb wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Hammerhead Great White.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from FOX wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Bull and great white, imagining a shark the size of a great white, aggressive as a bull ,and able to go in fresh water.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckfan125 wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Great White and Whale Shark. Oh Gosh!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Joe_Cermele wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Spiny dogfish and a great white. Gets you two ways: total disappointment when you reel it up, but can also kill you.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from ggmack wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

as funny as joe's post is, I gotta go with Fox on this one. A beast with a white's size with the attitude of a bull would be one heck of a fighter.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from bass bomber wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

The Greenland mixed with a Tiger. The garbage can of the ocean mixed with a shark that eats caribou & seals and can swim up the Hudson river. Move to the desert if that happens.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from RockySquirrel wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

How about a 25 foot seagoing salt water crocodile that can crush a whole cows head with its jaw, weighs over a ton, Can migrate between ocean to fresh water and land and back at will. Can jump 6 feet straight up, run 7 to 10 MPH on land and 18 MPH in the water. No….. wait. That ones for real,

Fighting the croc would be so big, your live bait would have to be like a boat of tourists. And since an ambush is their preferred hunting method, like.. us using a tree stand; just when you think you are stalking him, he might be stalking you. The hunter is the hunted

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Gimpergoo wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Great White and Orca would be cool.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from fng wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

if I can use megladon, then that and bull shark; imagine something the size of a bullet train in fresh water? gives me nightmares. Other than that, triple threat; bull-mako bred with a great white; agressive, fast, able to fresh-water AND the size of a small sub.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Justin Ilbrink wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

great white, bull and tiger shark thats the three worst in one fricken shark!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from FlannelGuy23 wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

a tiger shark and a mako shark, camoflauged and fast as lighting! Or a great white and blue shark, that way it will track you and be a massive eater. Maybe a Tiger, bull,mako and great white,.... the ultimate killer, plus we could call it a, WHITE-BULL-MAKO-TIGER!!!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from WorldOutdoorsman wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Definetly Great White and Hammerhead. That would be a good fight to hook into!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Eddie Mendoza wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

A Mako and Great White hybrid, a fish fast enough to snatch you off a jet ski.

0 Good Comment? | | Report

Post a Comment