A group of tourists on a boating expedition spotted hundreds of hungry polar bears eating a dead bowhead whale on the coast of Wrangel Island in between Russia and Alaska on Sept. 19. Polar bears have known for their isolated lifestyle and the majority of them eat seals.
Rodney Russ, the owner and founder of Heritage Expeditions, based in New Zealand and co-led the trip, said that they were cruising down the coast and saw a “convention” of polar bears near the beach. They thought it was a flock of sheep. Russ said that it was impossible because there are no sheep on that island. So, they got their binoculars and saw that it was a pack of polar bears.
Mr. Russ described it as a phenomenal sight and unbelievable. He told Newshub that never in the history of the Arctic before they have seen such a sight with more than 200 polar bears feasting on a dead whale. He added that this has never been recorded before.
Wrangel Island is in the Arctic Ocean located in between the Chukchi Sea and the East Siberian Sea. It is known for its nature including the flowers and fauna and a place for the breeding of polar bears and other creatures such as seals, walrus, and lemmings. There are also Arctic foxes living on the island.
The sight of so many large, white critters spanning the Wrangel Island slope reminded tourists of grazing sheep. https://t.co/urjlSaSq4E
— AlaskaWild (@alaskawild) October 4, 2017
Meanwhile, a bowhead whale is so huge that it could feed hundreds of polar bears with its size. It is about 18 meters (59 feet) long and weighs more than 91 tons. The rotten whale attracted the polar bears, which could smell a seal up to 32 kilometers (20 miles) away. Polar bears also eat seals, walrus, caribou, seaweed, and grass, according to San Diego Zoo.
In the video below, you will see male and female bears around the dead whale. Some of them with little bears of all ages and two female bears with four little ones. The unique sight was seen by scientists and security supervisors, who were aboard the ship. It was reported to the international scientific group, which is monitoring white bears in the said areas and right away they made scientific observations, according to Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve.
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