The polar bear is a marine mammal. Its scientific name is Ursus maritimus, which means “sea bear.”
Polar Bears can eat almost anything – ringed seals, bearded seal, walrus, reindeer, and even whales.
They can be found in 5 different countries – Greenland, Norway, Canada, Russia, and USA.
They can typically be found along or near coasts and islands and on floating ice.
Polar bears have two layers of fur, and a thick layer of blubber, or fat, to insulate them. The fat mostly helps to keep them float when they’re swimming, while the fur is most important for warmth.
Their fur appears white but it actually has no pigment. Their skin is black.
A newborn polar bear cub is about a foot long and weighs one to two pounds.
Polar bears are born blind, toothless, and covered in hair that’s so short and fine that the cub looks hairless.
A cub’s eyes first open when it’s about a month old and it learns to walk inside the den around two months.
A pregnant female bear prepares for motherhood by building a den. She spends the winter inside, where she gives birth to her cubs. The cubs finally venture out of the den when they are four months old and their mother leads them out to the sea ice.
For more information about polar bears and Arctic wildlife, see the new IMAX® film “To The Arctic 3D” opening in select IMAX Theatres starting April 20, 2012. “To The Arctic 3D” is a MacGillivray Freeman Film from Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Corporation. Presented by One World One Ocean Foundation.
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