A star-nosed mole is blessed with an incredibly specialized nose that allows it to find food within the labyrinth of underground tunnels it digs. The nose features twenty-two small tentacles that have touch receptors on their ends. When a mole comes into contact with something, it is able to decide if the object in question is food within 8 milliseconds. The normal time for a mammal is around 230 milliseconds.
The proboscis monkey’s huge honker is meant to attract the ladies. It can reach up to 7 inches in length. The nose also serves as a resonating chamber, allowing the monkey’s warning calls to be amplified. When the animal becomes agitated, the nose fills with blood and swells, making warning calls louder and more intense.
From BBC Wild Indonesia:
Habitat: Northwestern Atlantic and in the Greenland SeaMale hooded seals have a large nasal sac on their muzzles which begins to develop at the age of four years. The sac grows with age until it resembles a hood over the nose. To inflate the hood, the seal closes one nostril and blows up the membrane with the other. This sexy hood aids in courtship rituals & displays of aggression.
Watch the hood in action:
Habitat: New GuineaVery little is known about the Pinocchio frog since it was only just recently discovered in New Guinea’s Foja Mountains in May of 2010. The frog was witnessed being able to inflate and deflate it’s long, skinny nose.
Deep Sea Chimaera
Habitat: temperate waters worldwide at depths of 200-2000+ ft.The deep sea chimaera’s snout is fashioned with thousands of sensory nerve endings which enable it to find food along the sea floor in total darkness. The first dorsal fin is equipped with a mildly poisonous spine which it uses in defense.
Habitat: New Guinea & New Britain
Tube-nosed fruit bats have a weak spot for figs. Unfortunately, it’s rather difficult to breathe when your face is smushed inside of a juicy fig. These tubes act as “snorkels” allowing the bat to breathe when it’s mouth is busy devouring a succulent fig.
Which animal do you think deserves a nose job ASAP??