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With the help of DNA analysis, from a 30-some-year-old-whale-skull, and scientists have been reported to be in a position to identify the animal as a rare hybrid between a beluga whale and a narwhal.
The animal was one of three whales, are killed during a subsistence hunt off the coast of Greenland, in the middle of the 1980’s, the Science News reported.
The analysis was published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, found that the man and the whale was a narwhal’s mother, and beluga’s father.
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Three of the whales had pectoral fins the form of the belugas, and the tail is in the shape of a narwhal. Only one of the whales ‘ remains, have been preserved.
The skull was given to the researchers by Inuit hunters, who told me that he had never seen anything like it.
DNA testing in the 1980s was so primitive, and so the scientists used the analytical techniques used in ancient DNA and it has been found that the whale was made of the half of the beluga, which is half of the narwhal.
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It is unclear whether or not this is a hybrid whale, it is an anomaly, a marine biologist from the University of Washington, said, ” as scientists “rarely,” research in remote Arctic whales.
Scientists do not know if this is a hybrid animal that can reproduce them, Science News reported.