November 22, 2013 by briantshock
It’s actually been requested I do a special post just on polar bear facts, so who am I to ignore such a great request? I’ve already made it clear in Bear Facts 1 that polar bears (ursus maritimus) are the largest living species of bear, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty more to learn. You’ve made it through another week; why not kick back and learn a little bit more about what’s keeping you from a nice visit to the North Pole this holiday season?
FACT # 10 – IF YOU’RE A SEAL, CONSIDER YOURSELF DEAD
I hate to alienate and threaten my arctic ringed and bearded seal demographic, but I’m sorry; it doesn’t look too good for you guys. Polar bears sure do love eating seals. Older bears eat the seal blubber, where the younger bears will dine on the protein-rich red meat. Basically a bear of any age will come and eat some part of you. There are a few methods for hunting seals that the bears like to employ, but most involve sneaking up on or patiently waiting for a seal to make a mistake before chomping down. Quite frankly, if you let one of these huge guys sneak up on you, you deserve whatever’s coming to you. Sorry seals, that’s just some real talk right there.
The bearded seal can pose a bit more of a challenge for a polar bear. The adult bearded seal can range from 770 to 1,100 pounds, so this is often prey for only the most powerful adult male bear. Don’t worry, there’s still no contest. I mean, what’s the seal going to do, roll around on top of a ball and impress the bear to death? Sorry, I don’t really know much about seals.
FACT # 11 – POLAR BEARS LOVE COCA COLA
Polar bears can’t get enough Coca Cola, especially around the holidays. I’m not really sure how they can get the bottle caps off though. I struggle with them and I’m using bottle opening tools. Who am I to question these noble creatures satisfying their thirsts though?
It’s no wonder Coca Cola likes to use polar bears to advertise their product; who would dare drink a Pepsi when it’s shown that these bears love Coke? That would be as dumb as wearing a Red Sox cap to a Yankees game. Coca Cola isn’t alone in this advertising decision though; many companies have used polar bears to show off their wares, including Polar Beverages, Nelvana, Bundaberg Rum and Good Humor-Breyers. What would you do-o-o for a Klondike Bar? Not try to steal one from a polar bear, that’s for damn sure!
FACT # 12 – POLAR BEARS ARE INCREDIBLE SWIMMERS
Here’s something to keep in mind the next time you want to go paddle or jetski around the Arctic Ocean. Not content being the largest predator on land, polar bears also enjoy taking a dip in the frozen waters. Their body fat provides excellent bouyancy so they can go the distance. What kind of distance, you say? You ready for some numbers? Well, according to a National Geographic article, the longest recorded swim was 426 MILES. That’s the distance between Washington D.C. and Boston! Sadly, most of these large swims are driven by the ice caps shrinking and the need to find new hunting grounds.
That about wraps it up for another week of bear facts. If not explicitly stated, these exciting facts came from Wikipedia. What’s your favorite type of bear? Let me know in the comments below!