The water shrew is a enigmatic and shy animal that most people never have even heard about. This small mammal is however definitely present in our nature and moreover quite common!
I clearly remember my first encounter with a water shrew – it took place behind a beaver dam where I was stalking a kingfisher. The beaver had dammed the water in a small stream. Lying there for hours I noticed that a very small, agile creature was busy in the water. The top of its head touched the water surface only for a moment when it dived again. Who was it? Finally I managed to see the little animal – looking like a shrew but liked to move in water. Getting home with this information I started to search in books and I did find it in the Soricidae family – it was a water shrew!