POLAR BEAR Misconceptions…
- Covering its nose. Contrary to a legend among native hunters, polar bears do not cover their black noses while lying in wait for seals.
- Left pawed. Great white bears are not left-pawed. In fact, polar bears seem to use their right and left paws equally.
- Use of tools. Polar bears do not use tools, to kill their prey. This idea may have come about because, after failing to catch a seal, a polar bear may kick the snow, slap the ground—or hurl chunks of ice.
- Hollow hair conducts UV light. A polar bear’s hollow hairs do not conduct ultraviolet light to its black skin.
- Symbiosis with arctic fox. Polar bears do not share food with arctic fox in exchange for the fox’s warning system. Arctic fox do travel behind polar bears and scavenge on scraps. During the spring season when both polar bears and arctic fox hunt ringed seal pups, they can be considered competitors.
- Orca whale predation. An orca might have an opportunity to attack a bear stranded on a remnant of ice, but it’s extremely unlikely.
- Bi-polar bears? Polar bears live only in Arctic areas that surround the North Pole—not in Antarctica, which surrounds the South Pole.
- School children often see illustrations of penguins and polar bears together, but this could never happen.
- In fact, the word arctic comes from the Greek word for bear, and Antarctic comes from the Greek meaning the opposite, without bear.
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