Polar Bear Facts: 21-25 | Swimming, Walking and Sprinting
21. Polar bears are excellent swimmers and are capable of swimming for days without break. It one particular case, a polar bear was spotted swimming for 9 days at a stretch covering a distance of 687 kilometers across frigid Bering Sea.
22. After swimming for so long, the bear reached the ice far from land. From there, it traveled another 1,800 kilometers. However, for this long journey she had to pay a heavy price.
23. Yes, the polar bear in question was a female and she lost 22 kilos of body mass in addition to losing her yearling cub.
24. Polar bears are such good swimmers because of the buoyancy they get out of their body fat and their large forepaws provide propulsion, allowing them to attain a speed of up to 10 km per hour.
25. When it comes to walking, they have what is known as lumbering gait where the maintain 5.6 km per hour of average speed. They can reach the speed of 40 km per hour when the sprint.
Polar Bear Facts: 26-30 | Behavioral Traits
26. Polar bears are not at all territorial. They live in the vast wilderness of the Arctic and travel at free will, going wherever they want to.
27. Because they are carnivores, it is often assumed that they are really aggressive but that’s not the case in normal conditions. They will avoid a direct confrontation and run away.
28. Very hungry polar bears however are known for attacking humans, killing them and eating them. Satiated polar bears on the other hand will rarely attack humans unless they are provoked.
29. Adult polar bears are known to be solitary creatures. However, it is not unusual to spot them playing or resting in embrace for hours at a stretch. Also, they are known to be quiet animals but they can be seen communicating using vocalizations and sounds. They may also indulge in chemical communication, leaving behind scents in their tracks so that they can be traced by other bears.
30. When it comes to vocal communications, they use a number of vocalizations. These include the following:
- Roars, grows and hisses – showing aggression.
- Snorts, chuffs and huffs – when they are nervous.
- Cubs can hum when they are nursing.
- Bleats – subadults and cubs in distress.
- Chuffs and moans – females communicating with their young ones.
That completes our 30 polar bear facts for this article. However, we are not yet done. We need to go a long distance as there’s much to discuss about their dietary habits, their hunting skills and their reproduction. We will cover these topics in our next article.