Scientists Just Discovered a New Dolphin-Whale Hybrid!

Melon-headed whales swimming in tropical waters

Scientists have declared the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii.

Baird told BuzzFeed News that the team will head back to Kauai in August, where they will try to determine whether the female melon-headed whale seen swimming alongside the "wholphin" a year ago is its mother.

However, this specific case is unusual since only one melon-headed whale was seen mingling with a group of rough-toothed dolphins.

In 2017, before future naval officers trained on submarines in the waters around Kauai - a place called the Pacific Missile Range Facility - the U.S. Navy hired marine researchers from the Cascadia Research Collective to study the native animals in these seas.

It also isn't the first discovery of hybridization in the family - there have also been cases of bottlenose dolphin/false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) hybrids, known as Wolphins, and common/bottlenose dolphin hybrids.

Some news organisations have described the melon-headed whale and rough-toothed dolphin hybrid as a new species, but other things would still need to occur, including more widespread hybridisation. Researchers believe a melon-headed whale was the mother of the hybrid.

They tagged a pair of the melon-headed whales that live in the region to see where they traveled, only to realize one didn't look quite like it should. Scientists are touting the first sighting of the hybrid off Hawaii. Soon after, they were able to get DNA, which led them to the definitive conclusion that it was indeed a hybrid of the two species.

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The researchers also determined that the hybrid is a male and that he stayed particularly close to its melon-headed whale companion for the duration of the observation period.

Scientists who found the specimen tracked numerous species during a study off the island of Kauai past year. "We were able to get a biopsy sample of the animal" as reported by express.co.uk.

'This is the first known hybrid between these two species'.

'I always thought they were out there in the wild existing - it only makes sense, ' he said. But don't call it a "wholphin", they say.

"To know she has cousins out there in the ocean is an awesome thing to know".

Hybrids generally occur when there is a decline in the population in one of the parental species, so scientists will be looking out for such a decline.

"To know she has cousins out there in the ocean is an fantastic 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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