Researchers off the coast of Kauai spotted something weird in mid-July: a strange hybrid creature that’s a mix between a rough-toothed dolphin and a melon-headed whale. What made the sighting even stranger was the fact that neither animals are common in the area. It’s been dubbed a “wholphin,” although its technical name is Steno bredanensis.
Although many reports have called the wholphin a brand new species, in reality, this isn’t the first time a whale/dolphin hybrid has been found. “It isn’t and shouldn’t be considered a new species,” Robin Baird, a biologist with the research group, told HuffPost. “I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more hybrids between the two species ― they do associate quite regularly.”