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Call it a stretch, but how’s this for inspiration for magical hybrids?

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/06/narluga-very-strange-hybrid-whale/592057/

 

A mystery skull of a peculiar looking whale killed off Greenland in the 1980s has been identified after DNA testing as  “narluga,” a narwhal-beluga hybrid.

 

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By analyzing DNA extracted from one of the creature’s teeth, a team led by Eline Lorenzen from the Natural History Museum of Denmark showed that it was a male, born to a beluga father and a narwhal mother.

 

Narwhals have a singe large spiral tooth with two vestigial teeth behind it. Belugas have a large number of small, identical teeth.

 

The mystery skull had a moderate number of medium-sized, varied teeth, some of which grew in spiral patterns.

 

The Inuit hunter, Jens Larsen, who killed the whale and two others like it said the creatures were smooth grey, instead of the white of belugas or the mottled grey of narwhals.

 

Technically a hybrid with a beluga father and narwhal mother should be called a “belwhal,” but the skull has been nicknamed “narluga” for almost thirty years and even scientists agree, it just sounds better.

 

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The "unicorn of the sea" finds love with the "canary of the sea". So the offspring is either a canary unicorn, or a sea of the sea! (both terms are confusing).

 

Until I read the article, I never even thought of whale hybrids. But if mules, tigons, ligers are a thing (heck, neanderthals and homo sapiens were an item), why not whales?

 

Suddenly, half-orcs and half-elves aren't so fantastical anymore.

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Even polar bears and grizzlies occasionally "mingle" (a pizzly or a grolar). 

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 Why hasn't anybody found evidence yet of of a jackalope-chupacabra hybrid? That's what I'm waiting for...

 

 

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On 6/23/2019 at 3:00 PM, Mad Jack said:

 

 Why hasn't anybody found evidence yet of of a jackalope-chupacabra hybrid? That's what I'm waiting for...

 

 

The Yeti keep hiding the evidence.

GEM

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15 hours ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

 

The Yeti keep hiding eating the evidence.

 

 

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