Meet the star-nosed mole. It is an unfortunate looking creature, but that nose is quite amazing. Those 22 creepy-looking, fleshy tentacles are not used for smelling, but for feeling. They are super-sensitive and quick, touching up to 12 objects per second. The star-nosed mole has possibly the best sense of touch in the animal world. Essentially blind, this helps them find their prey in the water or underground tunnels.
I never cease to be amazed by the diversity of life on Earth and how well-adapted this life is to their environments. I feel lucky to be able to write for kids to show them these wonders and maybe, just maybe, inspire them to help protect it.