The “star” on nose of the blind Condylura cristata is actually a series of sensory feelers that allow it to “see” and identify prey. The 22 feelers are in constant movement with five times as many touch sensors as a human hand packed into a nose the size of a fingertip. The world’s fastest eater can find and consume an insect or worm in less than 0.2 of a second. It’s also the only animal able to smell underwater, blowing bubbles then inhaling them. Where to find them: The mole, which grows up to 20 centimetres long, is native to the wetlands of North America, from southeastern Manitoba to Labrador and Nova Scotia, and to southeastern Georgia – the only mole species to inhabit such soggy soil.