Hopefully this blog has provided you at least some insight on the mysterious, almost mythical Mitsukurina owstoni and the extreme habitats it calls home. Maybe once technology allows exploration of the deep sea to be more easily accessible, the true lives and behaviour of this species may be uncovered, instead of relying upon speculations and unproven evidence.

Thankyou for sparing a moment for reading my blog and I hoped you enjoyed it!


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