Polar bear habitat
Polar bears depend on sea icePolar bears are found throughout the circumpolar Arctic...
- along or near coasts
- on islands
- and most importantly, on sea ice.
Polar bears spend much of their time on the annual arctic sea ice. It provides a platform for them to hunt, live, breed, and in some cases create maternal dens.
Why is sea ice important?
Sea ice is more than a simple platform: it is an entire ecosystem inhabited by plankton and micro-organisms, which support a rich food chain that nourishes seals, that in turn become prey for polar bears.
It is the very foundation and defining characteristic of the arctic marine ecosystem.