Monday, June 22, 2009

Polar Bears Are Not Dying Off or Drowning! Don't Believe Everything You See on TV!

I always get a laugh out of that PSA-like commercial that comes on talking about the polar bears are dying and they would soon be gone. They show a family of polar bears sitting on ice and claim that global warming is sending polar bears to their watery demise. People obviously are touched by these commercials, because I consistently hear people talking about the polar bears will soon be gone. It's as if the commercial is programmed into their brains.

Unfortunately, this commercial ignores science and nature. Polar bears live out on the ice and can swim very well!

Polar bears are strong swimmers; they swim across bays or wide leads without hesitation. They can swim for several hours at a time over long distances. They've been tracked swimming continuously for 100 km (62 mi.) (Stirling, 1988).

They hunt seals, whales, and walruses -- all animals that live in or around water. Even if the ice does melt completely, the polar bears have been moving further south into the towns where human trash replaces plump seals. The mainstream media is finally recognizing this polar bear falsity!

Most populations of polar bear are doing well. Despite the melting in the Arctic ice cap, numbers have more than doubled since 1950. They are also good swimmers.

We should definitely be concerned about living mutually with the planet's animals. However, the facts about polar bears should not be distorted or falsified to generate sympathy for the global warming/climate change movement. Remember, don't believe everything you see on TV!

Source: London Telegraph ; Sea World

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