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AUSTRALIA - Researchers say sharks are having sex at an unusually high rate and speculate the weather may be to blame.

Unseasonably warm ocean currents may be a factor in increased shark breeding patterns as they try to survive climate change, said researchers from the University of Queensland.

Shark experts at Atlantis in Dubai expect to see ten baby sharks this year and even more next year.

Meanwhile in Australia, researchers speculate that sharks are cross-breeding between different species, creating new breeds of "hybrid" sharks.

They say the shark population may be inter-breeding to survive climate changes that are impacting ocean temperatures, currents, food supply and conditions.

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