The Arctic Circle is home to the largest bear in the world: the polar bear.
You may be surprised to learn that the polar bear is actually considered a marine mammal. While they’re born on land, they spend most of their life on sea ice. This is where they hunt and mate. They’re dependent on sea ice for their survival.
Polar bears are well equipped for Arctic life. They have large furry feet and short, sharp claws, which help them walk on the slippery ice. They also have two layers of fur, which help them stay warm.
But polar bears actually have more problems with getting too hot than they do with dealing with the cold. This is why they walk at a leisurely pace. They can quickly overheat when they run.
Polar bears set up dens in the snow and ice for shelter and to give birth. Cubs will stay inside for several months, until they’re physically ready to venture outdoors.
And that’s life with the ice for polar bears.
Source: Ocean Today
Manager’s Office Team