Yep that’s right, a whole week dedicated to those scary/cute fluffy creatures of the ice. Last summer we saw in total six polar bears, one in Greenland and five in Arctic Canada. They are the most amazing creatures, big and clumsy, yet graceful in their own way.
Here are some fun facts:
- They can travel up to 24 miles per hour but they do prefer to mosey along at a more casual pace so they don’t overheat
- Polar Bear fur is actually translucent, not white. Their fur reflects the white snow. They often have a yellow look because of dirt.
- Polar Bears don’t hibernate in the winter
- A typical male weighs as much as a half dozen men
- Polar Bears usually have 2 cubs in a den dug out of a snow drift. The cubs often starve, 70% of cubs don’t live to see their 3rd birthday
- Polar Bears skin is black to soak up the heat of the sun
- Man is the polar bears #1 predator
- Their population is on the decline and they are considered a “vulnerable” species
- They are found in Canada, the U.S. (Alaska), Greenland, Russia, and Norway (the Svalbard archipelago)
We feel so blessed to have been able to see polar bears in the wild. We always made sure we carried a loaded rifle when we went exploring ashore, I had a funny feeling that the sound of screaming kids sounded like a free buffet to the bears.
Here’s a polar bear tracker, just for fun.