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Uploaded on Sunday 13 Nov 2011 by Peter Prokosch

Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) swimming, in between pack ice North of Svalbard

Year: 2011
From collection: Arctic Biodiversity
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
Polar bears are very well adapted to swimming, with a water-repellent coat and partially webbed feet. Although the longest distance that a polar bear has been recorded swimming is about 100km, they are capable of swimming much further, if necessary. However, this kind of effort requires a lot of energy, which is why polar bears rarely swim such long distances. The longest a polar bear in the wild has been timed holding its breath while diving is 72 seconds.
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