The polar bear is a hyper predatory bear whose fundamental plain lies mainly within the Arctic Circle, including the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is a large bear, approximately the same size as the omnivorous Kodiak bear). A boar (adult male) weighs around 350–700 kg (772–1,543 lb), while a sow (adult female) is about half that size. Polar bears are the biggest land carnivores currently in existence, rivalled only by the Kodiak bear. Although it is the sister kinds of the brown bear, it has grown to occupy a narrower ecological niche, with many body features accustomed for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice and open water, and for hunting seals, which make up most of its diet.
Although most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time on the sea ice. Their scientific name means “maritime bear” and stems from this fact. Polar bears hunt their favoured food of seals from the end of sea ice, often living off fat reserves when no sea ice is present. Because of their dependency on the sea ice, polar bears are classed as marine mammals.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||San Francisco International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
|Local transportation||Professional guide|