Explore the Wild is a Nature series produced by www.VideoFort.com in partnership with REP Interactive. In this series, VideoFort will take you on a tour of the world’s most exotic locations and teach you about the planet’s most exotic animals. In this episode on Explore the Wild, we feature Polar Bears. You will learn interesting facts about the species and their natural habitat.
The polar bear is the world’s largest bear (along with the omnivorous Kodiak bear) with adult males weighing in at a whopping 770 to 1,500 pounds. Polar bears are classified as marine mammals because they spend most of their lives on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean. They have a thick layer of body fat and a water-repellant coat that insulates them from the cold air and water. Considered talented swimmers, they can sustain a pace of six miles per hour by paddling with their front paws and holding their hind legs flat like a rudder.
Polar bears spend over 50 percent of their time hunting for food, but less than two percent of their hunts are successful. Their diet mainly consists of ringed and bearded seals because they need large amounts of fat to survive.
Unlike grizzly bears, polar bears are not territorial. Although stereotyped as being aggressive, they are normally cautious in confrontations, and often choose to escape rather than fight. Polar bears are stealth hunters, and the victim is often unaware of the bear’s presence until the attack is underway. However, due to the very small human population around the Arctic, such attacks are rare.
Although polar bears generally live solitary lives, they have often been seen playing together for hours at a time and even sleeping in an embrace. Cubs are especially playful as well. Among young males in particular, play fighting may be a means of practicing for serious competition during mating seasons later in life.
The polar bear is classified as a vulnerable species, with eight of the nineteen polar bear subpopulations currently in decline