World Animal Day - Polar Bears

On October 4th, the world celebrates World Animal Day, a day for humanity to give back and honour animals around the world. You can do this in a number of different ways:

Here at Ocean Helper we wanted to take today as an opportunity to raise awareness for a truly beautiful creature, the Polar Bear. Yes, this may technically not be a creatures that live in the ocean but they are classified as a marine mammal because they spend most of their lives on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean. 

Why are Polar Bears a Vulnerable Species?

The biggest threat that polar bears face is the loss of their habitat due to climate change. Polar bears depend on sea ice to hunt seals, rest and breed. For decades the summer sea ice has been decreasing as well as melting for longer. This means that the polar bears must travel further to stay with the rapidly receding ice. When this ice melts the polar bears have to rely on the fat stores in their body until the ice returns, this can result in some polar bears suffering from malnutrition and even starvation!

Climate change is forcing the polar bears to spend more time onshore which means that they are coming into contact with humans more often. Unfortunately, these interactions can end badly for both humans and bears.

The sea ice retreating also paves the way for more industrial development. A whole new ocean area is emerging and with that comes opportunities for further development at sea and on larger parcels of land.

Offshore petroleum installations and operations in the Arctic are expected to increase in number. This expansion is likely to affect polar bears and their habitat in many ways:
  • Contact with spilled oil would be fatal.

  • An oil spill would affect the entire food chain.

  • Oil spilled in one part of the Arctic will not remain there and will have far-ranging and devastating effects.

Increased Arctic shipping is also a big risk to polar bears. As traffic by barges, oil tankers and cargo ships in Arctic waters increases, so do the risk of oil spills and human disturbance to polar bears.

Polar Bears Playing In The Snow

Awesome Facts About Polar Bears

  1. Polar bears actually have black skin.

  2. They can swim constantly for days at a time.

  3. Less than 2% of polar bear hunts are successful.

  4. Polar bear numbers are predicted to decline by 30% by 2050.

  5. There are as many as 19 subpopulations of polar bears.

  6. Scientists can extract polar bear DNA from just their footprints.

  7. Grizzly-polar bear hybrids exist!

  8. A male polar bear can weigh as much as 10 men! 

  9. Polar bears clean themselves by rolling in the snow.

  10. Polar bears have no natural enemies.

  11. They can swim at speeds of up to 6 miles per hour (8 knots). Their taxonomic name means “sea bear.”

  12. Polar bears can spend around 20 hours a day resting, and the rest hunting.

Polar Bears

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