Rainbow trout with a stomach full of shrews in Togiak National Wildife Refuge, Alaska: http://blog.nature.org/science/2013/09/03/shrew-eating-trout/
This is really interesting… the number in the stomach alone. Any idea how long they would stay in there before decomposing? I spoke to Fiona Reid (author of the Mammals of the USA) about this and she thought they might well be Common Shrews if they were one of the 4 on the list, but also that this must mean S. cinereus must swim a lot more than we realise. Unless the Trout are making like the Orcas of Patagonia and grabbing them on the beach. Yes I’d love to go to Togiak! jon
Shrews have negative buoyancy and drown easily. I think that’s what allowed so many aquatic shrews to evolve: they have no problem diving, even with a lot of air trapped in the fir. Siberian taimen (giant relatives of salmon) also often have shrews in their stomachs.
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Matt, fascinating story. The voles I could understand but the shrews not. You’d imagine these would have to be water shrews but they don’t look like they are from the picture. Do you know – or can you find out – what species they are? cheers Jon