Skip to comments.Life vests for polar bears on melting ice
Posted on 03/27/2009 10:53:40 AM PDT by jmcenanly
As the climate crisis mounts and Arctic icebergs slip away, polar bears are suffering starvation, population declines, and drowning as they must swim further and further to find food. Seeking to raise awareness for the endangered species' plight, ADDI Concepts has taken wildlife preservation literally by designing a life-vest for displaced polar bears struggling to stay afloat as their homes sink into the sea.
Polar bears are facing a bleak future as Arctic icebergs continue to melt and ancient shelves of ice collapse. The species inhabits only the Arctic Ocean and its surrounding areas, and they and can hunt consistently only from sea ice.
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They need condoms as well! (I think that was specifically included in the Stimulus Bill. And G.I.V.E. Volunteers will help the bears wear them!
Mine's in white
Is it to early for white?
I guess they have no clue that polar bears actually dive to go after seals. They will just make polar bears starve if they float.
parody? no, great idea.. all we need is a bunch of tree hugging enviro weenies to send up north to try and put them on the bears..
Um, they swim underwater...
Why is it we only hear about da Bears? If their food is getting scarce, it is either because there are more bears feeding on available prey or the numbers of seals and other things are also decreasing.
Orange vests make great targets. Polar Bear rugs will be the new fashion trend.
Parody/satire or not, it’s sad they are facing extinction, especially since I haven’t gotten the chance to hunt one yet.
My parents flew up to the tundra in the great frozen north as tourists one year. Their pilot landed the plane, they went walking—then had to run back to the plane as a polar bear was spotted far in the distance. Before they could take off, the bear very nearly caught the plane.
Those bleeping things are aggressive, and if the ice floes melt, they’ll just live elsewhere and eat other warm blooded creatures, including humans. They are, afaik, in no danger of a) starving or b) drowning.
Its a joke, polar bear population is stable.
In 2002, the US Geological Survey in the Arctic Refuge Coastal plain reported the polar bear population was near historic highs. Biologist Mitchell Taylor of the Arctic community of Nunavit who tracks 13 of those colonies, says 11 are stable or thriving with populations that have increased 25%.
There are approximately 19 worldwide polar bear populations, the Fish and Wildlife action was based solely on reviewing data for only one of those populations in western Hudson Bay which has declined by 259 bears in last 17 years. The decline is due to hunting to prevent overpopulation and ironically the Canadian government is looking to increase the quota.
Five days until April 1st.
True. Since their main prey is seals (which spend almost all of their time underwater) it is natural that the bears be equipped to go where their food is. Incidentally, there are polar bears stalking the guys on the North Slope. Just thought you might like to know. My son works on a 30-acre manmade island up there, and there are all kinds of warnings about being away from the buildings, and bears everywhere. Polar bears do not hibernate, so they are active all winter, as well as all summer. Why should they go swimming for a seal if they get the idea they can find a nice tasty human walking around without protection? Polar bears are the only known predator in North America that stalk humans for food. (or, so I've been told)
Actually, it's increasing. It's about 5 times what it was 40 years ago.
I find it amazing that some idiot thinks a bear called Ursus Maritimus would have trouble in water.
“I find it amazing that some idiot thinks a bear called Ursus Maritimus would have trouble in water.”
Exactly - they are classified as a MARINE MAMMAL - same as a seal, sea lion or walrus and have been protected from hunting (unless you are an Eskimo) since the early 1970’s.
Honestly, I can hardly wait!
See my post 11 up there about the polar bear chasing the plane. Nearly caught it, too.
Crikey! They don't even look old enough to shave yet!
Assuming this isn't a parody, was their article first published in Highlights magazine?!
I saw that! That's one of the things people need to understand about polar bears. THEY WANT TO EAT US!!!!
Very aggressive, very hungry all the time, will chase humans in vehicles and airplanes, will eat them when they catch them. We are NOT at the top of the food chain. :D
My tagline used to say, "ALASKA: Step out of the bus, and into the food chain."
They look like bear food.
I do love Alaska....:D
Coincidentally last week I watched a Discovery program about a hybrid bear (brown or grizzly bear and polar bear) shot and killed by a hunter. The program also had a little info about how polar bears originated. They were all brown or grizzly bears thousands of years ago but some migrated north AND ADAPTED!!! to the arctic conditions. Then obviously the bears can adapt to warmer conditions. These doomists are out of their icebergs er I mean trees.
Imagine they were quite fortunate to spot a polar
bear off in the distance,pretty good cammo they have
for that country
Read once of those tours in those Snow Cats where
they weren`t allowed out as there could be a bear
rise up out the snow
nothing like living through a near death experience
They were in the tundra, it was summer. Lot of scattered ice and some green stuff. Dad said the bear was yellow, and when it got closer, very dirty.
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