Scientists in South Africa have defied the odds by rediscovering the De Winton’s golden mole, a species that had not been spotted for over 80 years. They were surprised that the fascinating sand-dweller was not extinct.
The blind, burrowing mammal, known for its iridescent golden coat and unique sand-swimming abilities, was found alive on a beach in Port Nolloth on the west coast of South Africa. The rediscovery was made possible by innovative techniques and dedicated research scientists.
Golden Mole Not Extinct
The De Winton’s golden mole (Cryptochloris wintoni) is a small, blind creature equipped with “super-hearing powers.” Living predominantly underground and navigating through sand using sound and vibration, this elusive species posed a significant challenge for researchers due to its secretive lifestyle.
The mole’s disappearance from scientific records since 1936 led to the assumption that it was extinct.