Svalbard, Norway

The Polar bear eats seaweed while he strolls along the beach. We see the Arctic predator from the side, while still, some seaweed is hanging out of its mouth.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 11 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Exposure time: 1/640s
  • ISO: 800
  • Focal Length: 400mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4798 by 3199 pixels (WxH).

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The Polar bear eats seaweed while he strolls along the beach. This behavior of eating seaweed is shown from time to time. Polar bears can also cause problems in the Arctic ecosystem due to being on top of the food chain. Having no natural predators, we consider them as apex predators. Polar bears are likely the most significantly affected species as the Arctic warms and ice melts. A hungry Polar bear eats everything, even garbage. So there is no wonder that this Polar bear eats seaweed/kelp. Fat is what they need the most to survive. A bear can eat up to 1.8 kilograms / 3.9 pounds of fat a day. Sometimes they do not find the food they need. Instead, the Polar bear eats vegetation, bird eggs, fish, and anything else they can find.

Some facts about Polar Bears, Ursus maritimus:

  • Habitat and range lie mainly within the Arctic circle.
  • Their skin is black, their fur seems to be white, which is transparent.
  • It is the largest carnivore on land.
  • An apex predator also called a top predator.
  • Polar bears mainly eat seals, but when hungry – anything he can find.
  • Most of their time is spent at sea and on ice.

Polar bears are the top hunters in the Arctic. Climate change happens, their habitat is drastically declining. Therefore, Polar bears, Ursus maritimus, are listed as a threatened species in the IUCN list.

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