25 Fascinating Little Known Facts About Polar Bears

Undoubtedly, polar bears rank among the most amazing animals that have ever roamed our planet. The mere fact that these magnificent creatures manage to survive in one of the most extreme and cold places on Earth is admirable. We all know that polar bears, especially their cubs, can be irresistibly cute but what many people don’t know is the fact that they are also very intelligent and inventive. In fact, according to research scientist Alison Ames, polar bears may be just as smart as some apes. This intelligence is evident in the calculative way they hunt for seals.

Intelligence aside, polar bears are arguably the largest of all bears and the most recognizable (it’s a huge white bear…you can’t miss them). Unfortunately, polar bear populations are currently declining and are considered to be vulnerable to climate changes. In fact, polar bears were the first vertebrate species to be listed by the U.S. Endangered Species Act as threatened by extinction. We hope that the more we learn about these amazing creatures, the more willing we would be to save them. Take a stroll with use as we present to you 25 Fascinating Little Known Facts About Polar Bears. Get ready to see this beautiful creature in a brand new light.

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Another color-related surprising fact is that their skin is actually black. It helps them trap heat.

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Their tongue is heavily pigmented too and, partially because of being well supplied with blood, is sometimes even dark blue.

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Due to the absence of human development in its remote habitat (within the Arctic Circle), the polar bear retains more of its original range than any other extant carnivore. But even though, it is listed as a vulnerable species with just some 20,000 to 25,000 individuals worldwide.

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With an average male weighing up to 700 kg (1,540 lb) and measuring up to 3 meters (9 ft 10 in) in length, the polar bear is the largest land carnivore in the world. The heaviest polar bear on record, reportedly weighing an incredible 1,002 kg (2,209 lb), was a male shot in northwestern Alaska in 1960.

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The polar bear is an excellent swimmer and often will swim for days. One bear swam continuously for 9 days in the frigid Bering Sea for 400 miles (687 km) to reach ice far from land. They usually swim at a speed of 10 km/h (6 mph).

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