Book review:  ‘The Golden Mole’ by Katherine Rundell

‘The Golden Mole’ by Katherine Rundell

This is a lovely idea for a book: a collection of short essays on remarkable, mostly endangered species. Nothing too heavy or definitive; simply a few interesting facts about the species in question, some personal thoughts and observations, then on to the next species.

A few of the interesting facts that caught my attention:

  • wombats could out-sprint the fastest human, fight with their backsides, and have cube-shaped poo;
  • Greenland sharks can live for several hundred years, and eat their siblings while still in the womb;
  • hermit crabs queue in line in order of size so each can move into the next largest's vacated shell;
  • the first confirmation that birds migrate over great distances came in 1822, when a stork arrived in Germany with an African spear embedded in it.

An enjoyable, untaxing read.

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Richard Carter, FCD

Writer and photographer Richard Carter, FCD is the founder of the Friends of Charles Darwin. He lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.WebsiteNewsletterMastodonetc…

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