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The polar bear is an iconic Arctic animal. They are apex predators, feeding almost entirely on seals, have have evolved specific adaptations that allow them to be successful predators in the Arctic. They have large paws, thick fur and keen sense of smell. They are solitary animals, only interacting with other individuals to breed. Because it hunts on the sea ice, climate change is a big threat to these animals, and they are sadly listed as Vulnerable by CITES.
Circumpolar distribution, prefers to be out on the ice where it can hunt
This was the first polar bear we came across on my trip. I am assuming it was a young male, and was very curious. We spotted him some way off in the distance, and he came to within 10m of our ship to get a good look at us. Such a wonderful moment!