The hybrid, in the foreground, swims beside a melon-headed dolphin. (Kimberly A. Wood/Cascadia Research via AP)
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Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii.The melon-headed whale is one of the various species that's called a whale but is technically a dolphin.While some news organizations have described the melon-headed whale and rough-toothed dolphin hybrid as a new species, in order for that to happen other things need to occur, including more widespread hybridization, Baird said.A likely scenario for how the hybrid came to be is a melon-headed whale getting separated from its group and traveling with rough-toothed dolphins.
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