Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

It’s International Polar Bear Day!

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Since today is International Polar Bear Day, I thought I’d share some of my best polar bear pictures from the San Diego Zoo and from SeaWorld San Diego.

Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Polar Bear at SeaWorld San Diego

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Polar Bear at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Polar bear at SeaWorld San Diego

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Polar bears are being significantly affected by global warming. Polar bears are marine mammals that need Arctic ice to survive. As the ice melts, creating sea ice platforms that are farther and father apart, the polar bears must swim farther to find their main food source, seals.

In the past twenty years, the ice-free period in Canada’s Hudson Bay has increased by an average of twenty days, cutting the polar bears’ seal hunting season by nearly three weeks. Not only is the ice freezing later in the fall, but it is melting earlier in the spring, creating a narrower time frame for polar bears to hunt during the seal pupping season. Polar bear weight has declined by an average of 15 percent, causing a decrease in reproduction rates as well.

Scientists have found drowned polar bears in the Arctic, something never seen before, and an indication that polar bears are not being successful in swimming so far to hunt for food. One female polar bear swam for nine days, nonstop-across the Beaufort Sea, before reaching an ice floe. The journey cost her 22% of her weight. Her little cub died during the journey.

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28 thoughts on “It’s International Polar Bear Day!

  1. marsellaj

    It is heartbreaking knowing how we have impacted the habitats of these magnificent animals. Polar bears are my favorite exhibit at the Denver Zoo and seeing the cub that was born was amazing.

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  2. insearchofitall

    Stopping by to thank you for following my blog. I don’t take lovely pictures, as you certainly do. We are all aware of the plight of our planet. Most of us are trying out best to do what we can. Many will never understand or care. All we will be left with are the pictures people like you take. Keep taking them.

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  3. Lori Lipsky

    My kitten Oliver (really belongs to my twenty-year-old daughter) looks a lot like your Zoey, the Cool Cat. He is learning to be a cool cat, too, but could use some lessons. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Loved your gorgeous polar bear photos!

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  4. Inspired and pretty

    It always makes me sad when I hear stories like that. I really hope polar bears won’t be extinct in the future, or near future should I say.
    I loved these photos, great shots Russel !

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