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Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

December 13, 2016

Polar bears evolved from brown bears and are the largest member of the bear family. Male polar bears measure 2.4- 2.6 m (8-9 ft) from nose to tail and generally weigh up to 600 kg […]

How many penguins can a polar bear eat?

September 28, 2015

By Valerie Clark You might think that cute little penguins are natural prey for polar bears in the arctic. Fortunately (for penguins), an encounter between a polar bear and penguin is not possible. Penguins live […]

Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus)

December 16, 2016

Bearded seals are members of the “true seal” family, Phocidae. They have a small head, large body, and small, square foreflippers. They have a short snout with thick, long white whiskers, which gives this species […]

How many species of penguin are there?

June 26, 2017

By Valerie Clark There are 18 species of penguins, and they are all found in the southern hemisphere. Some experts think penguins evolved from a bird that could fly, and that’s how they got to […]

Pinniped or fissiped? What’s the difference?

January 14, 2017

There are five families of marine mammals within the Order Carnivora that can be divided into two groups: pinnipeds (“flipper-footed”) and fissipeds (“pad- or paw-footed”). Pinnipeds are seals, sea lions and walruses; fissipeds are polar bears […]

Narwhal (Monodon monoceros)

December 20, 2016

PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Monodontidae GENUS: Monodon SPECIES: monoceros TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater HABITAT: Arctic ocean, deep waters. During winter months they move offshore where the […]

Ringed Seal (Phoca hispida)

December 18, 2016

Ringed seals are part of the “true seal” family Phocidae. The ringed seal is the smallest and most common seal in the Arctic. They have a small head, short cat-like snout, and a plump body. […]

Hooded Seal (Cystophora cristata)

December 17, 2016

Adult hooded seals have black heads and silver-gray coats with dark blotches of varying sizes and shapes across their bodies. Pups are called “blue-backs” for their coat of blue-gray on their backs and whitish bellies; […]

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