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A new hybrid species was discovered off in the Persian Gulf on December 8th, 2016 by a fishing boat. Captain John Sullivan reported finding a new species of hybrid squid that was later turned over the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition for further study. DSCC confirmed on December 20th, 2016 that the squid had hybrid DNA from a squid and king crab and had small hooks towards the ends of it tentacles similar to the crab pincers and was classified into a new genus (Cleopod). This Cleopod is man's first evidence that cross species DNA mixing is possible beyond similar animals such as ligers and mules. Scientist have not yet determined the origin of the Cleopod. It's speculated that the new species was created through incubation rather than breeding since mating between the two species is far too unlikely. Scientist are now further studying squids closely due to their natural abilities to absorb other species' DNA into their own. In 2007 a hybrid squid/octopus was found off the coast of Hawaii. Similarly enough to this case Squid DNA was the predominant genetic material found in the animal. The Cleopod is currently staying at the Wild Life Reserve for Marine Biolife while scientist continue to examine its natural behaviors. DSCC has obtained funding as of January 6th, 2017 to study marine life where the Cleopod was found and has noted that they are "excited to see what undiscovered life awaits."