Algae eating polar bear

One of the half dozen polar bears that were frolicking around our tundra buggy today was grazing on macroalgae.  The tide was out and she fed in the strandine on ulva and various brown alga for well over an hour.  I recorded some short footage with narration by polar bear scientist Dr.Gregory W. Thiemann of York University in Toronto.  Note to skeptics: although some bears eat algae, this doesn’t mean giving up seal eating for a vegetarian diet will save polar bears from climate change.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/32110972[/vimeo]

This post was made possible by Polar Bears International and their Tundra Connections project, the Tundra Buggy Lodge and Canada Goose for keeping me warm!

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