The star-nosed mole is certainly one of the world’s weirdest-looking animals. It is a small mole that can be found in wet low areas in the northern parts of North America.
The star-nosed mole eats small invertebrates, aquatic insects, worms, mollusks, small amphibians and small fish. They eat faster than any other mammal on Earth; indeed they can identify and eat in less than two-tenths of a second. This is due to their nose’s incredible nervous system, which convey information from the environment to the animal’s brain at speeds approaching the physiological limit of neurons.
The mole’s distinctive nose contains more than 100,000 nerve fibers, which is five times the number of “touch” fibers in the human hand. It’s therefore an extremely sensitive organ also able to smell underwater. The Star-nosed moles are the only mammal known to smell underwater. They have been observed blowing bubbles into the water and then re-inhaling them through the nose in order to sniff for prey, an incredibly unique behaviour.
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