Ugliest Animals: The Star-Nosed Mole
Though weird and downright unattractive, the star-nosed mole is an intelligent little creature that uses air bubbles to smell. These moles are found in the eastern edge of the United States and Canada in marshes and wetlands. They have a peculiar appearance due to their noses, which are made up of 11 pairs of tentacles that form a circular star.
The star-nosed mole can detect seismic wave vibrations via its nose tentacles, each used as a touch organ containing more than 25,000 tiny sensory receptors known as Eimer’s organs. These nasal tentacles also help the star-nosed mole identify food like worms and crustaceans by touch. These moles enjoy water and often dig their shallow surface tunnels underwater.