Moles Can Smell Food, Says Study

Moles Can Smell Food, Says Study

A group of researchers at the Vanderbilt University has lately reached a fact that moles have far sharp smelling sense than it has ever been thought by anyone.

A study was conducted by the team, which has discovered that moles have the ability to catch their prey with their smelling power. Star-nosed moles were studied in the 1990s, which led to the discovery that these organisms had the power to use the sense receptors. They used these on nostrils, which allowed them to scan the tunnels and get food.

The Eastern moles were this time studied, which led the team to find that these simply did not have star-nosed moles receptors. It was recovered that they could just hear low frequency sounds. However, they also used their noses and the smells allowed them to easily find their food.

Also, an amazing part is that they can differentiate the trivial differences that arise in smells because of different nostrils. When blocking the nostril, they headed in the scent's direction and adjusted. The scent was registered by the open nostril.

"I was quite surprised when they turned out to be good at locating prey. I figured that they must be using their sense of smell, but I didn't pursue the matter", said Professor Kenneth Catania.


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