The Sentinelese are indigenous people who inhabit North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal in the northeastern Indian Ocean. They are one of the Andamanese peoples, a group of tribes that have lived on the Andaman Islands for thousands of years. They are considered a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group and a Scheduled Tribe by the Indian government, which means they have special rights and protections. They are also an uncontacted tribe, meaning they vigorously reject all contact with outsiders and have maintained their isolation for centuries. They are estimated to number between 50 and 200 individuals.