Predators

A Hungry Polar Bear Ambushes A Seal…The Seal Knew Something Was Wrong Just A Little Too Late

Okay, I’m on the polar bear’s side on this one, since seals are plentiful and the polar bear isn’t, I’m rooting for the predator. In a perfect fairy tale world, we would all sit around the campfire singing “Kumbaya My Lord “ and all of God’s creatures would all gather together and eat nothing but soy beans. Well, that’s a load of crap and I don’t believe in it. In the “real world”, things have to die to feed other things, it’s not “nice”, or “pretty”, that’s just how it is.

The bear needed a meal and even though polar bears hunts aren’t normally very successful, this time the bear got what it needed to survive. Polar bears are marine mammals, and spend much of their time on Arctic sea ice. Many adaptations make polar bears uniquely suited to life in icy habitats. Their fur is thicker than any other bears’ and covers even their feet for warmth and traction on ice.

A thick layer of blubber beneath their fur provides buoyancy and insulation. The long neck and narrow skull of the polar bear probably aid in streamlining the animal in the water while warming the air that they breathe, and their front feet are large, flat and oar-like, making them excellent swimmers.

Polar bears feed almost exclusively on ringed seals and bearded seals. They are also known to eat walrus, beluga whale and bowhead whale carcasses, birds’ eggs, and (rarely) vegetation. Polar bears travel great distances in search of prey.

Polar bears are only found in the Arctic. The most important habitats for polar bears are the edges of pack ice where currents and wind interact, forming a continually melting and refreezing matrix of ice patches and leads (open spaces in the ocean between sea ice). These are the areas of where polar bears can find the greatest number of seals.

So, if you were rooting for the seal…tough break. At least you can take comfort in knowing at lest the seal wasn’t clubbed to death by an “evil” fur trapper.

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