Polar bears are the furry poster children for the impact of warming Arctic seas, but new research says they may be able adapt and survive the loss of Arctic sea ice by foraging on land.
Scientists have long wondered whether polar bears are able to enter a physiological state resembling hibernation in response to food shortages, an adaptation some researchers have speculated could protect the species even as their hunting grounds melt away. Today, we have an answer—though it’s not the one we’ve been…
For the first time ever, scientists have observed a polar bear catching and eating white-beaked dolphins. It’s suspected that the dolphins ventured too far north and became stranded in the ice — a possible consequence of climate change.
Here's an exclusive look at an icy polar bear autopsy from tonight's episode of Fortitude. Why are they cracking open this magnificent beast? Because this Arctic-set series has gone insane. Spoilers.
Every summer, more sea ice melts, leaving polar bears with less territory for hunting. New genetic analysis reveals that recent generations of polar bears are migrating north to the Canadian archipelagos, a region where sea ice more reliably survives the warm summer months.
Filmmaker Adam Ravetch of Arctic Bear Productions likes telling visual stories about polar wildlife. By strapping a Go-Pro camera onto one of a group of four polar bears, he managed to capture some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful footage of these creatures I've ever seen.
Aw, shucks. Science goin’ off and ruining everything again for cryptozoologists. The latest blow comes from a UK geneticist who says hair samples from an alleged Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, actually came from another — albeit real — creature from the north: an ancient hybrid between polar bears and brown bears.
Very few predators think humans would make a tasty treat, but polar bears are members of that exclusive club. While shooting his BBC documentary series The Polar Bear Family and Me, filmmaker Gordon Buchanan was approached by a hungry, 1,000-pound polar bear as he sat in his plexiglass pod. He marvels at her…
The folks at explore.org (the team behind the amazing polar bear livecam) recently captured a sight rarely seen on video: a mama polar bear nursing her cubs. It's a sweet scene as Mama Bear strokes an licks her babies as they enjoy a snowy weather snack.
It's that time of year again. The time when roughly 1,000 of the world's 20,000 remaining polar bears travel to Churchill, Manitoba (aka "The Polar Bear Capital of the World") to hunt for seals, and we — the Internet — watch. Because it is our duty. Because polar bears are awesome. And because explore.org has teamed…
The humble polar bear has one interesting quirk to its fur, which has netted it two different problems. One is algae, and one is a piece of pseudoscientific nonsense.
A scan of polar bear DNA has shown that polar bears came into existence far earlier than previously assumed. Working with fossils alone, scientists had thought that polar bears, after intermingling with brown bears, made their first snowy white appearance anywhere between 60,000 to 600,000 years ago. But a genetic…
Every autumn, around 1,000 of the world's estimated 20,000 polar bears make their way to Churchill, Manitoba, a small town situated on the shore of northeastern Canada's Hudson Bay. There, the polar bears wait for the bay to freeze over so that they can hunt for seals and other marine mammals, and accumulate fat…
A female polar bear recently swam over 400 miles in water barely above freezing, apparently in search of ice that had not been melted by climate change. It's a tale that's equal parts insane, tragic, and completely terrifying.
In this clip from the BBC's David Tennant-narrated documentary Polar Bear - Spy On The Ice, a female polar bear seduces a mate by adorably burying her head in the snow...and intermittently flashing him. Oh, you saucy Ursus maritimus.
The BBC thought it would be fun to spy on polar bears using robotic cameras masquerading as chunks of ice. The polar bears weren't impressed by these robo-intruders and, well, acted like bears. Watch a beast meet a hapless machine.
Many have mourned the plight of polar bears, whose habitat is literally melting away as the ice caps shrink. But several new predictions from geophysicists show that the bears may be frolicking on huge regions of ice for centuries.
In this image, snapped by a tourist in the Svalbard region of Norway, a polar bear cub hitches a ride on its mother's back. Biologists say that this behavior is rarely seen but might be more common than previously thought.