As we count down to International Polar Bear Day on February 27 th , we wanted to share ten of our favorite facts about what makes polar bears tick. For a polar bear, home is on the sea ice. Polar bears rely on Arctic sea ice for their survival, a habitat that is literally melting away as the planet warms. They use the ice as a platform to hunt seals, to breed, to roam, and sometimes to den. Penguins do!
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The polar bear is immediately recognizable from the distinctive white color of its fur. The neck of the polar bear is longer than in other species of bears. The head is elongated but the ears are relatively small. The front paws are large and are used like paddles for swimming while the hind legs trail behind.
Ready for an icy adventure, gang? Adult polar bears can measure over 2. Their huge size and weight make them the largest living carnivores meat eaters on Earth! As well as their thick fur, they have a layer of fat, called blubber, that insulates protects their bodies from the frosty air and near-freezing water.
Ursus eogroenlandicus Ursus groenlandicus Ursus jenaensis Ursus labradorensis Ursus marinus Ursus polaris Ursus spitzbergensis Ursus ungavensis Thalarctos maritimus. The polar bear Ursus maritimus is a hypercarnivorous bear whose native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle , encompassing the Arctic Ocean , its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is the largest extant bear species, as well as the largest extant predatory carnivore . Although it is the sister species of the brown bear ,  it has evolved to occupy a narrower ecological niche , with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice and open water, and for hunting seals , which make up most of its diet.