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A Nose Like No Other

Bulbous, hooked, Roman, button . . . noses come in all shapes and sizes. But no nose, not even Pinocchio's famous pool cue, quite compares to the wondrous proboscis of a certain mole.

The Star-nosed Mole is a dark little creature that burrows in muck. It can swim, too -- no other mole can swim. But what most sets it apart is that distinctive nose, which looks more like a misplaced sea anemone than a nasal appliance.

The nose consists of twenty-two small tentacles. Together these tentacles contain some 25,000 touch sensors and 100,000 nerve fibers, and these make the nose several times more sensitive than a human hand. No wonder the Star-nosed Mole is said to possess the best sense of touch of all animals.

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