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Massive, Mighty, and Majestic

Massive, Mighty, and Majestic

Weighing just one pound at birth, the polar bear reaches 10 feet tall and weighs over 1200 pounds at maturity.
Where's My Remote?

Where's My Remote?

Polar bears gather along the Hudson Bay shoreline awaiting the bay to freeze. Ring seals, hunted on the ice , are the primary food source.
Hanging Out

Hanging Out

Polar bear hair is soft and dense next to their black skin. The visible hairs are long, coarse, and hollow guard hairs. This combination protects and insulates.
Sparing

Sparing

Young males spare, testing strength and developing hunting skills. Sparing is considered "child's play".
Curious

Curious

<p>Scientists and travelers are curious about polar bears, but polar bears are curious about the smell of food coming from the mobile tundra buggy. A polar bear can smell dinner 20 miles away.</p>
A Strong Foundation

A Strong Foundation

Walking or swimming, these feet provide a strong foundation.
Big Foot

Big Foot

With 5 toes and long, black, curved claws, the polar bear's feet can be as large as a dinner plate.
Tracks

Tracks

Hair on the bottom of the feet and tiny cup pads on the toes keep the polar bear from slipping and sliding on the ice.
I See You

I See You

The polar bear sees very well even in the bright, white snow. The eyes work like sunglasses.
I Hear You

I Hear You

Ears are small so they do not freeze in the sub-zero temperatures.
Play Time

Play Time

<p>Bear cubs stay with their mother for two years. Rolling, sliding and playing on snow covered hillsides is exercise for this cub.</p>
Endangered

Endangered

Weather change has caused the ice on Hudson Bay to break up earlier in the spring and form later in the winter. The bears, on land, do not eat enough to maintain their body weight. Birth weights are thus reduced and multiple births are decreased. ENDANGERED!
  • Massive, Mighty, and Majestic
  • Where's My Remote?
  • Hanging Out
  • Sparing
  • Curious
  • A Strong Foundation
  • Big Foot
  • Tracks
  • I See You
  • I Hear You
  • Play Time
  • Endangered

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Ice Bears

by Photosbylois

Ursus Maritimus--the Ice Bears of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.

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11/26/12

shouwen

Fabulous!

04/09/12

bosley

d.e. bosley, jr.

03/22/12

Claudia McCarthy

These photos are amazing!! A truly beautiful exhibit. It must have been incredible to be so close to these gorgeous bears.

Photosbylois

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