Image Credit: Alexander Gruzdev, Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve via Gizmodo
It’s no secret that polar bears have been suffering at the hands of climate change. As the polar ice caps melt, polar bears have been struggling to find food and have been seen losing weight rapidly.
However, one group of polar bears had the meal of a lifetime when a bowhead whale carcass washed up on the Northern coast of Siberia near the remote Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve. Nearly 1 percent of the world’s polar bears indulged in the bowhead whale feast, according to our source.
Rodney Russ, Expedition Leader, Owner and Founder of Heritage Expeditions wrote in his blog,“You had to live it to believe it, even now there are people pinching themselves to make sure it really happened.”
It is estimated that the group of polar bears was 230 strong, according to a release in the Siberian Times,
This was considered a particularly unusual event because there were so many humans around to witness the event. Both tourists and researchers aboard the vessel Akademik Shokalskiy, cruised the shoreline of the Russian-controlled island and got front-row seats to the congregation.
It took two full days for the polar bears to consume the entire carcass and then go on their merry way.