Today’s post is a plunge into Polar Bear pictures and facts.
Although polar bears are usually solitary, a group of polar bears is called a Celebration.
I plan to celebrate the new year by taking a quick plunge into Lake Washington – aka a Polar Bear Plunge.
A polar bear can swim for days at a time. It uses its big front paws as paddles and the back paws as a rudder.
Polar bears are the largest land carnivores on earth.
They can smell prey from great distances.
They spend half of their life searching for food.
The D’Aulaire’s Book of Animals is an accordion book showing animals of the north and south. The front of the accordion is in color and shows the animals facing forward. The back is in black and white and shows the same animals from behind.
Polar bears have black skin. Their fur is hollow and it is not white – it is translucent. But it looks white because it reflects light.
The study of polar bears was instrumental in Darwin’s development of evolutionary theory. You can read about it here in the Public Domain Review.
Are you still hungry for more about polar bears? If so, please click this link to see lovely, lonely photos of bears in Siberia, taken by Dmitry Kokh.
Happy New Year to everyone as we plunge into 2023!
Please share in the comment section how you plan to mark the new year, or any random bear thoughts. Thank you.