If you read our previous article on the European mole, you’ll know that The Nature Nook is celebrating moles of all kinds throughout January. Today, we’ll be looking at a mole that happens to be a record holder. It’s the iconically bizarre star-nosed mole, and it has been named the fastest eating mammal in the world.
Animal World Records
The great salmon run of North America. The famous wildebeest trek across the Serengeti. The mammoth migration of the green sea turtle to lay its eggs. These are just a few examples of epic journeys undertaken by animals. But even these pale in comparison to the migration of a small, slender, white seabird with a forked tail that weighs less than half a pound: the Arctic tern.
For most animal species, it is hard for me to clearly remember when I saw one for the very first time. But there are some – often those that I find particularly interesting or memorable – that I can vividly recall first laying eyes on. The Chinese giant salamander – the largest amphibian in the world – is one of those animals.
To celebrate International Whale Shark Day, The Nature Nook will be taking a brief look at these amazing aquatic leviathans. Not only is the whale shark the biggest species of shark in the world, it also happens to be the biggest of all the planet’s approximately 34,000 species of fish and the largest living non-mammalian vertebrate.
Welcome to Animal World Records! In this regular feature, we’ll be looking at animals that are the fastest, biggest or smallest of their kind. Those that fly higher in the air, or live deeper in the ocean, than any other. Those with the longest tongue, or the largest eyes, or the most number of legs.