This was a snap to find on the web, and I
highly recommend that you visit this website if
here . I typed in the key words "polar bear
skin" on the web search engine Google, and this is
the first website that came up. If you don't' have
access to the internet, I have copied the
paragraph below for you to read. This page was
written by the Teel Family, who all live in
"Alaska is home to the ferocious polar bear and
the gregarious walrus. Polar bears live only at
the very most northern tip of Alaska where they
can remain next to the ice flows of the arctic.
Unlike other bears, polar bears do not hibernate.
How do they keep warm in this frigid arctic
Polar Bears have fur that is different from any
other animal. Close to their body they have a
thick layer of woolly fur to keep them warm, but
they also have long hollow guard hairs that stick
up at all times. They look like plastic straws and
keep the bear's hair from matting down while
swimming in the cold arctic water. If you have
ever been to a zoo located in a warm climate, you
may have noticed that the polar bears fur appears
to have a greenish cast to it. This happens
because in warmer climates algae actually grows
inside the polar bear's hollow guard hairs, giving
the fur a greenish tint. (Matt also says to
mention that these same hairs are prized for tying
The white appearance of the polar bear's fur
helps to camouflage it while hunting for its prey,
which is mainly ringed and bearded seals, but they
will also eat walrus, eggs, and beach cast
carrion. Their prominent black nose can be seen
from six miles away through binoculars on a clear
day in the arctic. White may be reat for
camouflage, but black helps to absorb heat, and so
underneath that fur the polar bear actually has
black skin. The black skin absorbs the heat from
the sun and helps him to stay warm."
BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
Biel, Timothy Levi. Zoobooks 2. Polar Bears.
Wildlife Education, Ltd., 1985.
Hans. Little Polar Bear. New York: North-South
Books, 1987 (fiction).
ed. Arctic Animals. Chicago: Encyclopaedia
Britannica, Inc., 1979.
Larson, Thor and
Sybille Kalas. The Polar Bear Family Book.
Saxonville, Massachusetts: Picture Book Studio,
Matthews, Downs. Polar Bear Cubs. New
York: Simon and Schuster Inc.,
Pfeffer, Pierre. Bears, Big and
Little. Ossinging, New York: Young Discovery
Library, Malboro Books, 1989.
Mark. Bears. Chicago: Childrens Press,
Stirling, Ian. Bears. San Francisco:
Sierra Club Books for Children, 1992.
Have fun....by the way, would the polar bear
be warmer or colder with white skin?
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