Today the Department of Awesome Animal Hybrids shares an awesomely strange yet delightful series of illustrations by Berkeley, CA-based illustrator Brynn Metheney. We aren’t quite sure if these creatures are the cutest sharks or the freakiest kitties we’ve ever seen, but one thing’s for sure: they’re Shark Cats!

Metheny explains what led her to create not one, but 12 different Shark Cats:

"It was a normal day when I grabbed my sketchpad and began to doodle. What came out was little scribbles of a horrible little creature: the Shark Cat. The initial design was based on the thresher shark. I found that the short face and extremely large eyes worked well with the cat aesthetic. However, as I kept sketching, I noticed that almost any shark species could be adapted. I took the opportunity to explore gouache a bit more and turned them into a bit of a series.”

Click here to view the entire school shoal shiver series of Shark Cats, which is currently available as a 2015 calendar via Brynn Metheney’s web store.

Visit Brynn Metheney’s website to check out more of her artwork. You can also follow her right here on Tumblr at brynnart​.

[via Lost At E Minor]