Read along to find some truly intriguing facts about Polar Bear
7 Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know About a Polar Bear.
Fact 1 – If someone said that a Polar bear is black in colour, would you believe it?
You ought to! The polar bear is black in colour. Underneath the fur that you see, the skin is black. This is how the polar bear keeps itself warm in the harsh cold conditions of the Arctic region. The black skin helps in soaking the heat from the sun’s rays.
Fact 2 – The Fur coat is colourless and not white.
What you see as a white fur coat, is actually a transparent and hollow fur coat. And this coat reflects the visible light, making it appear white. A useful trick, when the polar bear has to blend with its natural surroundings. Remember camouflage?
Fact 3 – A polar bear can smell a seal as far away as 32 km
The human sense of smell is good. But nothing to beat the sense of smell of a polar bear. A polar bear can smell a seal as far away as 32 km.
Fact 4 – The favourite food of a polar bear – Seals
But, did you know that they also eat Walrus, Beluga Whale and sometimes real junk? When the Ringed Seals, their favourite food, are difficult to find, then these polar bears eat junk. And by junk, we mean real junk and garbage left by humans. The garbage dump and trash left by humans are becoming a junk buffet for the polar bears, which is quite harmful to them.
Fact 5 – Humans should not eat the liver of a polar bear
Too much is too bad. But not for a polar bear. A polar bear’s liver has a lot of Vitamin A concentrated in it. It has ten times more Vitamin A than any other animal. They have to eat the seal and the blubber of the seal to keep them alive. The special liver of the polar bears can process all the fat that they eat.
Humans are the only predators of the polar bear. And the liver is one part that they should avoid eating as it can make them seriously ill.
Fact 6 – Polar bears are invisible to Infrared cameras
Polar bears have the magical powers of invisibility. Infrared cameras, as you know, sense the heat. But a polar bear’s body is so well insulated that very little heat escapes out of the body. The layers of fat and blubber that are present in a polar bear trap the body heat below the skin. And so, the outer layer is almost roughly the same as the outside snow temperature. And hence, only the nose, eyes and of course the breath are visible to an infrared camera.
Fact 7 – Landsat Island- an island inhabited only by polar bears
The Landsat Island is an island, very close to Canada, where only polar bears live. There are no humans present on the island. Did you know that this island was named after a satellite and was discovered NASA?
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