Ever wondered what seaweed smells like? Ask a star-nosed mole, the sniffer extraordinaire of the animal kingdom. It has a ‘handy’ sensory organ that is made up of 22 fleshy, mobile appendages surrounding the nostrils and gives these sensitive fellows their name. You can sniff out Condylura cristata, in the wetlands of North America where they can be found in a network of underground tunnels foraging for insects, worms and molluscs. They also forage underwater, blowing air bubbles out of their nostrils and inhaling them again to sniff out their quarry.
|The nose is shown at a size proportional to the amount|
of the brain dedicated to its sensory information
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