Know About Powerful Polar Bears

Even though there are many animals that can be seen in your polar holiday, one of them is seen as a symbol of a rough wilderness a mighty Polar Bear. There are reasons why these animals are often known as iconic animals.

Although this species has many similarities to other bears, this species adapts perfectly to the preferred cold environment, and for hunting seals which are the mainstay of its food.  There are some organizations who are working to protect the polar bears. If you also want to contribute to protecting polar bears then you may visit

What's in the Name?

Interestingly, species names are not always really designated as 'polar bears'. The first explorer to describe a species dubbed 'Ursus Maritimus,' the Latin name for 'sea bear,' was due to the animal's native habitat (more about that in the next paragraph).

In Russian, the name seems to come from the appearance of an animal 'white bear'. However, in Norway, naming conventions are closer to the environment, and are sometimes referred to as 'ice bears'. No matter whose name is a traveler in the polar holiday they know of the bear, it remains an interesting talking point and a spectacular view.

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Seafaring Creatures

Interestingly, even though Polar Bears were born on land, they spent most of their adult life at sea. In fact, it is often classified as a marine mammal because of the high percentage of its life spent at sea. The preferred habitat for these bears is sea ice that covers water on the continental shelf and Arctic islands.

Polar bears prefer to make their homes along the border where sea ice meets water, to be close to their seals' prey. It makes an interesting location to be observed in polar holidays especially when it comes to the practice of 'still hunting' bears.

Still hunting

The Polar bear uses its incredible sense of smell to detect when a seal breathes from underwater near a hole in the ice; then use a large forepaw to pull the poor seal up and onto the ice, where it makes a very tasty meal.

One legend says that bears cover their distinctive black noses when hunting to mingle; those on vacation at the poles might get the chance to see for themselves whether this piece of oral history is true or not.