Species Spotlight: Polar Bear

Polar bear

Why is it important for polar bears to keep their fur clean?

Polar bears keep their fur clean to help insulate for heat. Dirty, matted and/or wet fur is not as an effective insulator.

How much time do polar bears spend hunting?

Polar bears spend over 50% of their time hunting for food. They store up energy when sea ice and food are plentiful so that when food sources are scarce (usually during the summer and autumn), they can survive on fat reserves.

What helps polar bears find seals?

Polar bears have an excellent sense of smell that can detect breathing holes in the ice indicating a seal beneath as much as three feet of snow. The bear will sit perfectly still next to the breathing hole, sometimes for hours or even days, waiting for a seal to emerge for air.


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