Friday, September 05, 2008

Fact List Time.....

I am running a little behind on posting today. Some reason I can not remember that today is friday. Makes it kind of hard to remember to post a friday post. Sorry. Well this week we did Polar Bears and Penguins. Lets start with the polar bears.


1.) Polar bears have two layers of fur for further protection from the cold.

2.) Polar bears have more problems with overheating than they do with cold. Even in very cold weather, they quickly overheat when they try to run.

3.) Humans are the polar bears only predator.

4.) The babies are much smaller than human babies when they're born. They are the size of a rat and weigh little more than a pound. They can grow to full man size in a year if they have lots of food.

5.) Most polar bears live entire lives on ice without ever setting foot on land.

6.) The bears have become 10% cent thinner over the past two decades, because it’s increasingly harder for them to find food due to the global warming.

7.) An amazing 95% of the polar bear diet consists of seals, both ringed and bearded seals.

8.) Polar bear cubs travel with their moms to learn to hunt for about two and a half years.

9.) Polar bears can see well underwater, spotting potential meals 15 feet (4.6 meters) away.

10.) The polar bear's nose is so powerful it can smell a seal on the ice 20 miles (32 kilometers) away, sniff out a seal's den that has been covered with snow, and even find a seal's air hole in the ice up to one mile (1.6 kilometers) away.


1.) There are at least 18 different species of penguins.

2.) A group of penguins is called colonies or rookery.

3.) They are ancient species that appeared 40 million years ago in the Eocene.

4.) Penguin is an unofficial symbol of the United States Libertarian Party.

5.) The name is derived from Welsh terms ‘pen’, meaning head and ‘gwyn’, meaning white.

6.) When mothers lose a chick, they steal another mother’s chick.

7.) When the salt storage completely fills the gland, penguins go to a rock and knock his beak. This allows him to empty the salt content.

8.) They have a variety of bill shapes.

9.) They can walk faster than humans.

10.) They pick up stones and store them in their crop. This helps them to float when they are in water.

I hope that everyone enjoyed this list. Next week we plan on doing the Shark Family and the Ray Family. If any one has any facts that they would like to share on them please let me know and I will be happy to include them.

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