Wildlife ~ Nature
Polar bears, Svalbard, Pack Ice ~ 80° 05,5`N, 012° 43,5`E
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About Polar Bears....
The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a carnivorous bear whose native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle, encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is a large bear, approximately the same size as the omnivorous Kodiak bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi).
Male polar bears are typically significantly larger than females, growing to a length between 8 and 10 feet while females are only 6 to 8 feet long. Their size difference is even more noticeable in their weight.
While a male may weigh between 550 and 1700 pounds, a female only grows to between 330 and 650 pounds. Underneath the fur, a polar bear's skin is actually black. The black skin soaks up the sun's heat and helps them stay warm. Polar bears have wide front paws with slightly webbed toes that help them swim.