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Species Spotlight: Polar Bear

Polar bear

Polar bears spend most of their lives on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean so they are classified as marine mammals.

Can polar bears swim?

Polar bears are very good swimmers and can sustain a pace of six miles per hour by paddling with their front paws and holding their hind legs flat like a rudder.

Where do polar bears live?

Polar bear populations live on the annual Arctic sea ice in northern Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia.

How much time do polar bears spend hunting?

Polar bears spend over 50% of their time hunting for food, but less than 2% of their hunts are successful.



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