Watchable Wildlife Manitoba

Polar Bear


Polar bear mother with cubs

Polar Bear Family
Photo by Robert R. Taylor
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The polar bear is a marine mammal because it spends most of its time in an aquatic environment, even though much of that environment is frozen. The polar bear is a circumpolar species—found on the ice-covered seas at the top of the world. This expanse of salt water, snow and ice is the hunting ground of Ursus maritimus—bear of the sea.

On land, polar bears are the world’s largest carnivore. Males can weigh as much as 800 kg. Polar bears can run up to 50 kilometres an hour, much faster than the average person. They are also very powerful swimmers and can jump four metres into the air. They are magnificent and powerful bears.

Churchill is the best place in the world to see polar bears. The town specializes in polar bear watching and you can find a variety of tour operators to give you a safe and unique experience of bear watching.

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