What does a polar bear’s Latin name Ursus maritimus mean?
The polar bear’s Latin name means 'sea bear,' appropriate for an animal that spends much of its life in and around the water, mostly on the sea ice.
Do polar bears move their hind legs when they swim?
No! Polar bears paddle with their front paws and hold their hind legs flat like a rudder.
How big are polar bears?
The largest land carnivores, polar bears weigh up to 1,430 pounds and can grow to nine feet long.
Polar bear populations live on the annual Arctic sea ice in northern Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia.
Between late April and mid-July, polar bears hunt seals, such as ringed and bearded seals, on the sea ice.
Global warming is shrinking their ice habitat.
Surprisingly, their fur has no white pigment; it is the reflection of the sun that causes the fur to appear white.
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