{{Polar bear facts}}

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Mae Wall, Author

Did you know that Polar bears are classified as Marine Mammals? If not Polar bears are classified as Marine Mammals because they spend most of their lives on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean depending on the ocean for their food and habitat, polar bears are the only bear species to be considered marine mammals.

 

Polar bears’ skin might appear white because their fur is white but their skin is actually black if you look closely. They have jet black skin and their skin is actually translucent, and only appears white because it reflects visible light.

 

Did you also know that polar bears can swim constantly for days at a time? They as well reach speeds up to 6 mph in the water, polar bears can also swim for long distances and steadily for many hours to get from one piece of ice to another. Their large paws are specially adapted for swimming, which they’ll use to paddle through the water while holding their hind legs flat like a rudder.

 

And one last fact about polar bears. Less than 2% of polar bear hunts are successful. Although about half of a polar bear’s life is spent hunting for food, their hunts are rarely successful. Although about half of a polar bear’s life is spent hunting for food, their hunts are rarely successful. A polar bear’s main prey consists of ringed seals and bearded seals, which they hunt in a variety of ways. Either by breaking into pupping dens, waiting at breathing holes or at the water’s edge, or stalking seals that have hauled out to rest on the ice. Besides catching seals, polar bears will also scavenge carcasses or settle for small mammals, birds, eggs and vegetation.