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Tourists Thought These Animals Were Sheep — They Were NOT Sheep

Whoa.

Tourists on a cruise boat in one of the most remote places on Earth just witnessed an amazing moment. 

At first, from the boat, people thought they were seeing sheep dotting the distant hills of Russia's Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean — but as they got closer they realized it was a very different kind of animal. 

Dozens and dozens of polar bears were gathering together on the Arctic shoreline. 

The occasion of the gathering was the carcass of a beached whale on the shore, which could provide sustenance for so many bears, including families with up to four cubs. 

“There were at least 230 polar bears, including single males, single females, mothers with cubs and even two mothers with four cubs each," a source at Wrangel Island Nature Preserve said

With just about 25,000 polar bears left in the wild, the tourists on the boat managed to see about 1 percent of the entire population of wild polar bears on the planet in just one glimpse. 

Sign on Wrangel Island warning of polar bears
A sign at the Wrangel Island Nature Preserve reminds people that they're in very important polar bear habitat. | Wrangel Island Nature Preserve

It's a welcome sight, seeing so many polar bears get a healthy feeding, especially since the threats to the species are profound. Because of melting ice in the Arctic, polar bears can become stranded from food supplies and starve

If people don't try to slow climate change, scientists predict that all wild polar bears could be gone by 2100, according to Polar Bears International.

Luckily these guys don't have to worry about food for at least a little while. 

To make sure these bears are around for a very long time, visit Polar Bears International.