Category archives for Mole

Of Moles and Men (and worms)

“Worm grunting” is a curious but popular practice for harvesting earthworms in Florida’s Apalachicola National Forest. To summon earthworms to the surface, worm grunters drive a wooden stake into the soil and vibrate it. Panicked worms pour out of the ground and thousands can be gathered in just a few hours. Lifelong worm grunters (and…

Sniffing Underwater

A ScienceFriday video podcast from over a year ago on how the star-nosed mole and other mammals can actually sniff for prey underwater. I wonder if this is what my dog is doing and she sticks her nose to the base of the door and snorts as people approach.