Polar Bear
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Range Artic Circle
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Ursidae
Genus Ursus
Species U. maritimus
Conservation Status

The Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus), also known as the ice bear, Arctic bear, or sea bear, is a species from the Ursus genus. It is native largely within the Arctic Circle encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses.


It is the world's largest land Carnivora and also the largest bear, together with the omnivorous Kodiak Bear, which is approximately the same size. A boar (adult male) weighs around 350–680 kg (770–1,500 lb), while a sow (adult female) is about half that size. Their fur is not actually white, but clear.



The polar bear is the most, if not, sole carnivorous member of the bear family, and most of its diet consists of ringed and bearded seals. The Arctic is home to millions of seals, which become prey when they surface in holes in the ice in order to breathe, or when they haul out on the ice to rest. Polar bears hunt primarily at the interface between ice, water, and air; they only rarely catch seals on land or in open water. Polar bears also eat fish.



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Courtship and mating take place on the sea ice in April and May, when polar bears congregate in the best seal hunting areas. After mating, the fertilized egg remains in a suspended state until August or September. During these four months, the pregnant female eats prodigious amounts of food, gaining at least 200 kg (440 lb) and often more than doubling her body weight.

Fictional Polar Bears

A polar bear is the face of the Ahh! Laska hot chocolate manufacturer.


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