Q: Where do polar bears live?
SW: These amazing animals live in the polar playgrounds of the icy seas, islands, and continental coastlines throughout the Arctic.
Q: What do they eat?
SW: Anything they can catch! Actually, polar bears mainly prey on ringed seals and bearded seals. They also will eat whale carcasses, beluga whales, and walruses. If their preferred prey is scarce, they can eat reindeer, rodents, waterfowl, bird eggs, fishes and even a few greens for good measure, like kelp.
Q: How big do they get?
SW: Open your hand - a newborn polar bear would likely fit in it. Yet that cub will grow to become one of the largest land predators alive today. Adult females can weigh around 500 lb (227 kg) - hefty males can be three times as heavy! The largest specimen ever recorded was a male weighing about 2,209 lb. (1,002 kg) and measuring 12 ft. (3.7 m)!
Q: Do they have blubber?
SW: A thick layer of fat (blubber), up to 4.3 in. (11 cm) thick, keeps the polar bear warm even in ice cold water. A polar bear's skin is black to absorb sunlight, which also helps them stay warm.