Polar bears are majestic creatures. They look cute but behind that cuteness is a deadly punch of ferocity that we all should be wary about. Luckily, they are confined to a specific part of the Earth, far from the reaches of human habitation. In this article on unbelievable polar bear facts, we are going to look into 30 unbelievable facts that are really hard to digest! Let’s start…
Unbelievable Polar Bear Facts: 1-5
1. Polar Bears are mammals but most of us didn’t know that they are considered as marine mammals. The only reason why they are called marine mammals is that they live on Arctic Ocean’s ice sheets!
2. Of all carnivores that live in this entire world, polar bears are the largest in size. They have only one close rival and that’s the Kodiak brown bear that lives in areas of southwestern Alaska.
3. Did you know that polar bears are found only in the Arctic? They are not found in Antarctica!
4. In the Arctic, they are found in Norway, Russia, Greenland, Alaska (USA) and in Canada.
5. Though today they are known as polar bears, scientists are of the opinion that some 400,000 years ago they evolved from a common brown bear ancestor.
Unbelievable Polar Bear Facts: 6-10
6. All over the world, polar bears are known by several names. Some of the commonly used names are:
- Sea bear
- Ice bear
- White bear
- Beliy medved
- Lord of the Arctic
- Old Man in the Fur Cloak
- White sea deer
7. There is a widespread notion that polar bears are all left pawed. There is no scientific evidence supporting this claim. As a matter of fact, scientists have observed that they use both their paws equally.
8. Did you know that there is a widespread myth that polar bears use tools? This myth has been proved false by scientists. They don’t use any kind of tools (not even ice blocks). They however may kick snow or end up slapping the ground or even hurl ice chunks out of frustration when they fail to capture their prey.
9. Yet another myth about polar bears is that their hollow hair can conduct UV rays. This myth has been thoroughly studied and eventually, physicist Daniel Koon disproved the myth.
10. Do Orcas prey on polar bears? Well, they don’t! This too is a myth that popped up from the evidences of range expansion for the Orcas. The truth is that barring humans, polar bears do not have any natural predator. This means that they are apex predators in their world.