Polar Bears

Polar Bears are considered the largest carnivore on earth.  They live comfortably in the Arctic Circle. Given its physical nature, this great animal can stand the severely cold water temperatures which is where it spends most of the time looking for its favorite food,  seals. Weighing about 1,500 lbs. (680 kg), and a measure up to a height of more than 9 feet (3 m), this majestic predator is able to live off the fat reserves when there is no seals in sight. Female polar bears are considerably smaller, about half of the male, weighing in at about 550 lbs. (250 kg), except, of course, when they are pregnant.

(Image published with permission under license.)  This is a view of a polar bearunderwater with full paw blow details showing the extended claws, webbed fingers and lots of bubbles.  The bear is looking right at the camera.


 

Although polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their life in the water. Polar bears mate over the sea ice in April and May, and females give birth to her precious baby cubs between November and February.