60 Interesting Facts About Polar Bear

Facts About Polar Bear: The polar bear is a species of bear. It is the largest beast in the world. A male polar bear can weigh up to 400-60 kg, while a female polar bear weighs about half as much as a male polar bear. Found in various parts of the North Pole. These bears are white in color. This bear is endangered due to global warming.

Different aquatic and terrestrial animals, for example, different species of snails feed on them. They also eat a variety of carcasses, including dead whales. They are not semi-vegetarians like other bears. They are completely carnivorous. That is, meat is its food.

They are found in the North Pole. They are mainly found in the Arctic Circle of the North Pole. They are very suitable for survival in the icy environment of the region.

Their skin is thick. Their hair is white. They have a thick layer of fat under the skin. For all these reasons, they can survive extreme cold. At the beginning of winter, the fat layer of their skin increases even more. They are excellent swimmers. Their claws are very big. They can adapt to extreme cold water.

60 Interesting Facts About Polar Bear

Unbelievable Facts About Polar Bear

  • Female polar bears are around half the size of male polar bears.
  • International Polar Bear day is held on February 27th every year.
  • When in water, polar bears can reach swimming speeds of up to 6 mph (9.6 kph).
  • When Polar bears are spotted in groups, they are called a “pack” or a “sleuth.”
  • Despite their size, polar bears have small tails. The tail is only 7 to 12 cm long.
  • When traveling across the ice, polar bears can jump over ice cracks as wide as 19 feet (5.8 meters)!
  • Males grow to twice the size of females. When fully grown, male bears can be up to three metres long.
  • They can grow to around 9.8 feet (3 meters) long, making them the largest land carnivores in the world.
  • On average, male polar bears can weigh up to the same weight as ten men! That’s around 1,764 lb (800 kg).
  • Polar bears can also detect if a seal is in the water, even if there is 3 foot of snow on top of the ice.
  • The United States, Canada, Russia, Greenland, and Norway can all boast of having a polar bear population.
  • Polar bears are the only bear species to be considered marine mammals, as they spend most their time on the sea ice.
  • Polar bears are considered to be “hypercarnivores”, which means they have a diet that consists of more than 70% meat.
  • An average polar bear can travel more than 1,800 miles (2,896 kilometers) in a year migrating to follow a food supply.
  • These Grolar/Pizzly bears are only birthed by polar bears, and grow up living like a polar bear, but they have brown fur.

Fun Facts About Polar Bear

  • Polar bears can sniff out a seal on the ice up to 20 miles away! And they can smell a seal up to a half a mile underwater.
  • Finally, the largest polar bear ever on record weighed a whopping 2,209 lb (1,002 kg) and was found in north western Alaska in 1960.
  • Although they spend about half their time hunting for food, they are rarely successful. Quite often a catch is less than 2% successful.
  • The Latin word for polar bear is “ursus maritimus”. This translates as, ursus meaning “bear” and maritimus meaning “of the sea, maritime”.
  • They have hairy feet, but not just to keep them warm. The bottoms of their paws are covered in small hairs to help them have traction on the ice.
  • Sadly polar bears were one of the first species to become threatened by climate change, and they are expected to decline by 30% by the year 2050.
  • Their skin is actually black. The only reason why they appear white is because their fur is translucent and reflects the light, making them appear white.
  • Polar bears will track down seal holes and wait by them until the seals rise out of them to breathe and then attack. This is also known as still hunting.
  • Male bears weigh up to 800kg. Although a more typical weight is 500-750kg. They are the world's largest land carnivore. Its closest rival is the Kodiak bear.
  • And they are really big! Adult male polar bears usually weigh more than 800 eight pounds and are over 8 feet long when measured from their nose to their tail!
  • Their main prey consists of seals and bearded seals, as well as smaller animals like birds. When needed, they will also scavenge carcasses, eggs and vegetation.

Amazing Facts About Polar Bear

  • Have you heard of a Grolar Bear or Pizzly Bear? They were discovered after genetic testing in 2006 and are the nicknames for the Grizzly bear-Polar bear hybrid.
  • There are approximately 30,000 polar bears. The number is an estimate and could be up 5,000 too high or low. The real number will almost certainly never be known.
  • Their preferred diet is the ringed seal. Although they will also make do with other animal carcasses, small mammals, birds, and even eggs and vegetation when hungry.
  • Although they have been known to travel as far inland as 124 miles (199 kilometers) from the shoreline, the mostly live close to or on the ice during the winter months.
  • Polar bears can swim for days at a time to get from one piece of ice to another. In fact, they regularly swim around 30 miles in a stretch, and in one case, up to 220 miles!
  • They are also speedy when they need to be. As well as still hunting, they can attack prey from about 50-100 feet (15-30 meters) away and can build up speeds to about 25 mph (40 kph).
  • Polar bears have an extremely strong sense of smell, and therefore can smell their prey up to 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) away. They use this sense to locate the seal breathing holes in the ice.
  • To reduce the harmful effects of climate change, we all have to work together. On an individual basis, you can work to reduce your waste, recycle whenever you can, and walk or take public transportation whenever possible.
  • It's the mascot of multiple sports teams. The list includes the hockey team Eisbären Berlin and the hockey team Charlotte Checkers. Two cowboy-themed polar bears acted as mascots of the 1988 Winter Olympics, held in Calgary.
  • As the seasons change and the ice melts, they will migrate within their individual “home range”. This will often range between 50,000 square miles to 135,000 square miles (129,499 square kilometers to 349,648 square kilometers).

Mind Blowing Facts About Polar Bear

  • These beautiful bears can be found on the continents of North America and Eurasia, mostly around the North of the Arctic Circle. Although some polar bears have been spotted traveling as far South as Alaska and Hudson Bay, Canada.
  • Currently, there are about 26,000 polar bears in the wild. They rely on sea ice to hunt, travel, and live. Many studies predict that unless there is action taken on climate change, there will be a sharp drop in this number by 2050.
  • Polar bears are actually black! Their fur is actually translucent, not white. It appears white because it reflects visible light. Beneath it all, their skin is jet black. You can see this on their nose and on the pads of their feet.
  • In water, seals are much faster than polar bears, which is why polar bears rely on their amazing sense of smell to sniff out a seal’s breathing hole. They will camp out and wait for the seal to emerge from the water before attacking.
  • Polar bears don’t worry about their cholesterol. They eat a lot of fat, and it makes up about half of their body weight. To keep warm in their cold climate, they are covered in a thick layer of blubber, which is often more than 4 inches thick.
  • Bears are a real risk for residents of Longyearbyen. Polar bear sightings have become more frequent in recent years near Svalbard's only significant settlement. Residents and visitors are only permitted to leave the settlement if they are armed.
  • Other than polar bears that are pregnant, they are the only species of bear that does not hibernate during the winter. Sometimes, if it is particularly cold they will build dens and enter temporary hibernation. This is also known as carnivore lethargy.
  • Climate change is threatening their habitat. Polar bears rely on sea ice to search vast areas of the Arctic Ocean for food. Sea ice is forming later in the year and breaking up earlier after winter than ever before. This is restricting the availability of food.

Unknown Facts About Polar Bear

  • The population of wild polar bears stands at around 26,000 (2019) and is divided into 19 sub populations. Unfortunately only one of these sub populations is on the incline, five populations are stable and 4 are in decline and as for the remaining nine, it is uncertain.
  • Polar bears roam into the territory of five countries. The subpopulations live on territory that us human beings consider part of Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Russia, and the USA. The five nations now work together on policy and projects to protect the species.
  • Polar bears have 42 sharp teeth, which they use for trapping and eating prey. They use their incisors to rip off pieces of blubber and flesh, their canine teeth to tear through tough hide, and their molars to chew. That said, bears typically swallow food in large chunks.
  • Hunting began to be regulated in the 1950s. These creatures were hunted by indigenous populations for centuries. The Soviet Union banned all hunting of polar bears in 1956. Canada imposed quotas on the activity in 1968, and Norway introduced a series of regulations from 1965 to 1973.
  • It is the mascot of Hammerfest in Norway. Despite being hundreds of miles away from a polar bear, Hammerfest features the creature on its coat of arms. A large statue greets visitors arriving by road, while cruise ship passengers are encouraged to join the Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society.
  • There are many ways to track animals using modern technology, but in recent years it has been discovered by the WWF that you can retrieve a polar bears DNA from its footprints in the snow. With only a few scoops, SPYGEN DNA specialists/scientists have found a way that you can isolate its DNA from the snow.
  • The polar bear features on Greenland's coat of arms. The symbol was first introduced in the coat of arms of Denmark in 1666, and it is still represented in the arms of the Danish royal family. The current version of a white bear standing upright on a blue shield was designed by a Greenlandic artist in 1989.
  • Polar bears can swim continuously for hours and sometimes even days! Most people would think this is impossible if you aren’t a fish, but because they have huge paws, they are able to use them as paddles and they hold their feet up like rudders to steer. This allows them to save energy which means they can swim for longer without tiring.
  • They live in up to 19 subpopulations. Although all polar bears live in the Arctic, they cluster around specific areas. One of the biggest can be found on land and in the waters around Svalbard. A 2004 survey concluded that between 1,900 and 3,600 polar bears live in the Barents Sea area. Approximately half are likely to reproduce in Svalbard.
  • A 30% population decline is expected by 2050. The lack of food caused by sea ice reduction is a particular problem for pregnant females. They need to build up fat stores to live from when birthing and nursing cubs. Scientists disagree on the impact this will have. 30% is the most commonly quoted reduction, but some fear it could be much bigger.
  • That’s right, underneath all that fur, their skin is jet black. And their fur has no color at all. It only looks white because it reflects visible light. This allows them to blend into their surroundings and catch unsuspecting seals. It also gives reindeer an edge. They can see in ultraviolet light, which makes polar bears stand out in the snow.

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