In recent years, scientists have identified hybrid species in the wild that they believe are being born due to climate change. These bizarre hybrids could reportedly soon roam the earth, according to a 2010 study.

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The study was published in the journal Nature and lists 34 potential hybrid species that could become prevalent in the Arctic due to climate change and the rapidly melting ice. Those species that were once isolated are now being forced to hunt in new areas which means they will come across each other and likely mate. Below, we dive into some of the unique hybrids that could soon roam the earth.

Brown bears and polar bears, or brolars/pizzlies are hybrid species that have been found in the United States and Canada in the past. These animals are known to be better in warmer temperatures as they do not have to rely so heavily on sea ice for hunting. Polar bears are struggling with the Arctic ice melting, which makes it difficult for them to get the meals and nutrition that they need. Because of this, they have been making their way inland in search of food. Brown bears on the other hand have had to move further north to hunt due to the warming temperatures. The two species then encounter each other.

Narwhals and beluga whales, or narlugas, were confirmed in 2019 through DNA analysis. They had previously been found, but the DNA test confirmed that the creature was, in fact, half beluga and half narwhal.

Both of these animals live in the Arctic Ocean and are from a whale family. The study says that this hybrid is potentially the result of climate change because melting sea ice means they are more likely to come in contact.

The study’s scientists said, “Rapidly melting Arctic sea ice imperils species through interbreeding as well as through habitat loss.”

“As more isolated populations and species come into contact, they will mate, hybrids will form and rare species are likely to go extinct.”

“As the genomes of species become mixed, adaptive gene combinations will be lost.”

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