5 Cool Facts about Polar Bears for Polar Bear Day

Polar bears

Did you know today is Polar Bear Day? Here are five cool facts about polar bears to celebrate:

  1. Polar bears’ fur is actually clear and hollow. It appears white or yellow because of the reflection and scattering of light.
  2. Polar bears are the world’s largest land predators, weighing up to 600 kg (1300 lb.) and measuring up to 3 m (10 ft.) tall.
  3. Polar bears have excellent senses of smell. They can smell a seal’s breathing hole, or aglu, up to 1.6 km (1 mi.) away.
  4. A female polar bear builds a maternity den in a snow drift to prepare for the arrival of her cubs.
  5. Polar bears have two coats of fur and a thick layer of blubber to help keep them insulated from the cold.