Trout eats 19 shrews!!!


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Trout eats 19 shrews!!!

Alaskan Researchers at the Alaska’s Togiak National Wildlife Refuge cut open the belly of a rainbow trout to find 19 well-preserved shrews in its stomach.

At only 19 inches in length, this Alaskan rainbow trout somehow ate 19 shrews which could be a record. The previous record is said to be seven shrews held by a grayling. A shrew is a mouse sized mammal which looks like a mole.  Rainbow trout are not known to eat shrews but they are known to be opportunistic feeders, most likely a river bank flooded forcing these shrews into the water, shrews are not good swimmers and trout are not known to pass up opportunities to feed, especially in preparation for winter months and is likely why this trout had so many shrews in it’s belly.


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