Jan 7, 2006

Thankfully, That's Not Its Face

Yikes. You are looking at a star-nosed mole. When I first looked at it, I thought the...star...was its face, but it's "just" the nose, which is believed to let the mole detect electrical activity in prey animals due to its blindness (and since no proof exists for this theory, the only thing we can say for certain is that--whatever else it may be--the nose is very, very ugly).

Can you imagine if you saw one of these things clawing their way out of the ground? Most moles are ugly, but this is the stuff of nightmares.

Photo courtesy: http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~rmacarth/

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

wonder what happens when 2 of them bump into each other head first ?