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Do polar bears camouflage themselves by covering their black noses with their paws?


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No, although for some reason this claim has been made by both explorers and native hunters. Polar bears don't have natural predators and their hunting methods don't require them to cover up everything. Even if they did, it's hard to hide an animal that can be as much as ten feet tall.

If a polar bear is easy to see, how does it catch its prey?

Skip the video if you don't want to see some graphic seal eating.


The bear's main method of hunting is to wait near the edge of a hole in the ice and wait for seals to come up for air. The bear actually smells the seal and leaps on the hole as the creature comes up for air. This way the bear can keep out of sight while the seals are heading toward the surface.

Sometimes a polar bear will attack seals on the ground by sprinting toward them. Bears can run at speeds up to twenty-five miles an hour. Occasionally they may find a nest of defenseless baby seals to feast on.

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