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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a polar bear? This video is the answer to that question. The U.S. Geological Survey equipeed a female polar bear with a Go Pro camera for a polar point of view. The scientists hope to study and learn about the majestic mammals’ behavior and feeding rates.
Kind of a no brainer, the polar bears are seen using the sea ice t0 hunt and catch their prey… which can only mean one thing. If their is no sea ice, then there will be no way for polar bears to access their prey.
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The camera footage not only captured feeding activity, but also showed how the polar bears are reacting and adjusting to the shrinking levels of sea ice.
The footage was captured in April of 2016. Also, it is very important to note that no polar bears were harmed during process.
Did you know these 10 facts about polar bears?
1. The polar bear’s scientific name is Ursus maritimus.
2. Female polar bears become sexually mature around 4-5 and can have 2 cubs at a time.
3. Polar bear cubs are about the size of a rat and weigh less than 1 lb. when they are born.
4. Male polar bears can grow to be up to 10 feet tall and weight up to 1400 lbs. Females are slightly smaller and reach only 7 feet tall and weigh no more than 650 lbs.
5. A polar bear can live up to 25 years in the wild.
6. Polar bear fur is not white at all, actually it’s a clear or translucent tube.
7. Underneath their water resistant fur, polar bear’s have black skin for absorbing the sun’s heat. To hold in the heat is a 4-inch thick layer of fat.
8. If you were to look at a polar bear with an infrared camera, they would actually be invisible because they give off so little heat.
9. Polar bears have been recorded swimming up to 100 miles in one stretch.
10. Sadly, humans are the polar bear’s only predator.