Did you know?….Polar Bear Facts for Kids

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  • The scientific name for a Polar Bear is Ursus Maritimus meaning Sea Bear.
  • Polar Bears live in the Arctic in the countries of USA (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Norway and Greenland.
  • About 25,000 Polar Bears live in the Arctic.
  • Polar Bears can live about 25 years old in the wild.
  • Polar Bears are the only bear that is considered a marine mammal.  They are considered a marine mammal because they depend on the marine environment to live.
  • A Polar Bear is a carnivore, meaning they eat meat.
  • The Polar Bear is the world’s largest land predator.
  • A male Polar Bear can be 10 feet tall and 1500 pounds.
  • A female Polar Bear can be 7 feet tall and 650 pounds.
  • Polar Bears mostly eat ringed seals but sometimes they will eat walrus, beluga whales and bowhead whales.
  • Did you know a Polar Bear’s skin is black and their hair is transparent (clear)?  Their hair looks white because of the way the sun reflects light off of it.
  • Polar Bear’s fur is oily and water repellent.  They can easily shake off water and ice.
  • All Polar Bears are left handed!
  • Polar Bears have 42 teeth.
  • Polar Bears have an excellent sense of smell.  They can smell seals from miles away!
  • Polar Bears can run 25 miles per hour!
  • They are also excellent swimmers.  They can swim 6 miles per hour!
  • Polar Bears have wide front paws that help them swim.
  • They can also swim a hundred miles without stopping!
  • Polar Bears have been spotted in the Arctic waters 200 miles away from land!
  • Even though Polar Bears can swim long distances they  usually stay closer to land because it takes a lot of energy to swim far away.
  • A Polar Bear can hold their breath for over a minute.
  • A mother Polar Bear is pregnant for 8 months.
  • A baby Polar Bear is call a cub.
  • They can give birth to 1-4 cubs.
  • The cubs weigh about 1 pound when they are born.
  • The only predator of a Polar Bear is man.
  • When they are adults Polar Bears are mostly solitary animals except during mating meaning they spend most of their time alone.
  • Global warming affects Polar Bears.  The Arctic ice is melting. The ice is a Polar Bear’s home and hunting ground.  Without it they cannot survive.