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They're going to let me graduate. I win again! Peyton was threatening to make me wear a dunce cap in the corner during the ceremony.

To: [Joshua McColough]
From: [Paul Kerschen]
Subject: RE: !hotel!

> Finally: a question for you: Can moles
> swim? This is key to my manuscript,
> and I can't seem to find an answer.

Yes, depending on the species. Encyclopedia sez:

"The five toes of the forefoot are broad clawed, making a shovel for digging or a paddle for swimming. The fur is velvety and brushes in any direction without resistance....

"The American shrew mole (Neurotrichus gibbsii) is a long-snouted species of the coastal forests of northwestern North America; at 10.5 cm, including its 3-cm tail (minimum measurements), it is the smallest North American mole. It swims and climbs....

"The star-nosed mole (Condylura cristata) of northeastern North America has 22 pink, tentacle-like touch organs set radially on its nose. It often leaves its burrow, and it swims well."

No mention of swimming ability in the North American common, or eastern, mole (Scalopus aquaticus), but given its scientific name seems it would have to swim. There are also some semi-aquatic European mammals of the mole family, called desmans.

 

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