Here's what it could look like as climate change forces species to cross-breed
Monday, October 7, 2013, 12:27 PM -
With climate change continuing to progress, and polar ice caps becoming thinner, there's a real risk that previously unrelated species will begin to intermingle as they are forced to migrate to unfamiliar environments.
It's not too far fetched. Lamm used information from a study that listed 34 species at risk of hybridization, and worked with Elin Pierce, a writer and editor with a Ph.D in biology, to imagine what such hybrids would look like, based on shared traits.
The strange results are below (with captions written by Lamm).
Beluga and narwhal
"The hybrid would most likely have predominantly white skin and may even have a small tusk.
The hybrid shown above has a little bit of narwhal coloring."
Harbor and ringed seal
"The hybrid's fur has more spots than the harbor seals, but is darker.
Its body shape is similar to the ringed seal."
Harp and hooded seal pup
"The hybrid is mostly white, with some of the hooded seal pup's coloration."
Harbour and Dall's porpoise
"The hybrid is darker and its hypothetical size is somewhere in between the harbour and Dall's porpoise."
Polar and grizzly bear
"The hybrid has splotches of brown and a more blunt snout.
The ears are also smaller than a brown bear."
Polar and grizzly bear cub
"The hybrid looks like a polar bear cub but with some grizzly colored fur."
Southern flying squirrel and northern flying squirrel
"When they cross-breed, their babies are southern-sized with mottled grey-white belly fur." - Mother Nature Network.
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