On this International Polar Bear Day, we’ve rounded up some cool facts about these amazing animals, including the incredible ways they adapted to harsh arctic conditions. Read on to find out more:
1. Polar bears are classified as marine mammals
In fact, they are the only bears to have this classification as they live on sea ice and forage for prey on ice platforms in the Arctic Ocean.
2. They are one of the largest living carnivores on earth.
With a length of over three meters and a weight of approx. 600 kg! These animals are super big and bubble, with thick fur to keep them warm during the harsh winter conditions in the Arctic.
3. You have deep black skin
Black is very good at absorbing the sun’s rays, which is another clever way the polar bear’s bodies help keep them warm in the Arctic.
4. You can see prey up to 10 miles away
Their incredible sense of smell helps them track down seals – their favorite food! Since they spend most of their time on land, the easiest way to locate seals is through their nose. In this way, polar bears can peek out sealed breathing holes in the ice or even spot them in the water three feet under compacted snow.
5. You can swim for days
Polar bears have large paws that they use to paddle through the water while keeping their hind legs flat like an oar. This is useful so that they can reach various pieces of ice that they use as a hunting platform to catch seals as they are not fast enough to catch them in open water. In fact, usually only 2% of polar bear hunts are successful!
6. Unfortunately, they are classified as endangered species
As cool and clever as polar bears are, climate change has had a massive negative impact on them. The ice they rely on as a hunting platform is melting rapidly, preventing them from catching the food they so desperately need to survive! It is predicted that polar bear populations would have declined by 30% by 2050. However, there are some simple things we can all do in our daily lives to prevent polar bears and many other marine mammals from becoming extinct in the future.
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