Looking like a herd of sheep from a distance, more than 200 polar bears amassed to feast on a dead whale.
It was a stunning vision as tourists watched more than 200 polar bears cover a hillside and beachfront to feed on a beached whale carcass.
The event took place at Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island is about 90 miles from the closest part of mainland Russia.
A large bowhead whale carcass had washed up, and the smell obviously attracted polar bears from many miles.
Distant photos from the scene recorded what looked like a herd of sheep on the hillside, but was really an estimated 230 white bears.
Tourists visiting the island have seen muskox, walruses, polar bears, lemmings, foxes and many different sea colonial birds.
Apparently Wrangel Island was the last place where woolly mammoths lived, roughly 4,300 years ago. The island also holds the world’s largest population of Pacific walruses and the highest density of polar bears.
Contrary to the popular narration, polar bears are not endangered, although the WWF does list their status as “vulnerable.”
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