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Are You Polar Bear Aware?

Updated on September 23, 2014

Are YOU Polar Bear Aware?

Are YOU Polar Bear Aware?
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Discover your polar bear awareness quotient here!

Polar bears, considered the largest bears in the world are being affected by habitat loss, destruction and degradation of ecosystems, pollution, over-exploitation and climate change. These factors are among the powerful and persistent impacts on polar bear populations and health. The purpose of this site is to raise money to help save Polar Bears from extinction while helping more people become Polar Bear Aware.

You'll find where polar bears live; how to reproduce; what they eat; how big their paws are; and other interesting facts. You'll see great photos; links to endangered species organizations; lists of great books; links to sites about cute KNUT, Hudson, Flocke and Wilhelma. In one section, my good friend David Booth of Cabin Fever Art, shares one of his wonderful Polar Bear Cartoons (changes often).

Now, off you go. Relax and enjoy the journey but do take it all in. There will be a test -- I kid you not -- about halfway through you'll find my "Polar Bear Aware-ness Test". Take it if you dare and find out just how Polar Bear Aware you are!

The royalties from this site are donated 50% to Polar Bears International and 50% to FIV Cat Rescue.

Photo: Copyright 2007-2013 Frankie Kangas

Polar Bear Scientific Classification

Classification of Polar Bears

Domain: Eukarya

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Ursidae

Genus: Ursus

Species: U. maritimus

Binomial name

Ursus maritimus

Phipps

From Wikipedia

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Polar Bears Listed As 'Threatened' Species

The U.S. government lists Polar Bears as Threatened under Endangered Species Act. (May 14, 2008)

For U.S. Dept. of Interior's complete press release, click Decision to Protect Polar Bears under Endangered Species Act.

Attention: First Time Readers

The Go-To Place for Polar Bears

I created this site to be the GO-TO place on all things polar bear. Here you'll find loads of interesting photos and facts which might be just what you're looking for. For those of you who want more, you'll find many relevant links to more in-depth info.

As sections become overly large, I split them off into their own sites and have links to get to them. For example, Goodbye Knut - A Tribute, Polar Bear Ware for bear t-shirts, hats and other bear wares, Bear Fetishes.

It is a long lens so you are not expected to take it all in in one bite. I've organized it logically (I think) so read for a while, bookmark the page, and come back often. I add to it often. (I research, write about, read about or sculpt polar bears every single day so I have a mammoth amount of information on them.)

To share your thoughts and/or questions about this lens, use the comment section below.



Polar Bears of the Arctic

The Beuford Sea Bears

The Polar Bears of Arctic Alaska DVD is now available for only $15 (even though the cover says $25). The DVD is really the only one that shows Alaska polar bears, which you may have noticed are largely absent from the public view relative to high arctic and/or Churchill populations. The DVD showcases the polar bears on the Beaufort Sea coast as the filmmakers try to raise the profile of this population of polar bears. These bears are threatened as much by industrial development and helicopter harassment as it is by climate change.

If you love polar bears, get this DVD and help spread the word about the polar bears on the Beauford Sea Coast.

To order your own copy, click Polar Bears of Arctic Alaska

Photos: ©Arthur C. Smith III / PolarArt Productions.

Description Of The Polar Bear - Ursus Maritimus

The Largest Member Of The Bear Family

Polar bears are such great creatures. And to think that it's only in recent evolutionary time that bears adapted to arctic sea life. It started during the Ice Age, in the northern seas, when the seals needed to breathe and reproduce at the surface. By doing this, the seals put a rich year-round food source within reach of a population of brown bears, who then started to live on the ice, evolving into something like the polar bear of today around 100,000 years ago.

Weighing about 330 to 1,760 pounds, the length of the polar bear's body is approximately 6.6 to 10 feet (some sources say 8 to 11 feet) tall. The male body is usually larger than the female. The polar bear, similar to the brown bear, is large and stocky. It has an elongated neck and small head. Its fur, usually white, sometimes appears yellow, due to oxidation.

A polar bear has black skin, which helps it absorb and hold heat from the sunlight. It is definitely well dressed for the weather with a layer of fat more than 4 inches thick to provide good insulation. The heavy fur on its feet (its foot is about 9 inches wide and 12 inches long) provides warmth and traction. Since each foot is so large, it acts as a handy snowshoe. They walk with a bow-legged gait.

It is a good swimmer with its broad forepaws that serve as paddles. When swimming underwater, the small ears flatten for protection and its nostril close. It paddles at about 6 and one-half miles per hour - front feet only, hind feet trailing - and can remain submerged for about 2 minutes. The hairs of its waterproof coat are hollow which is a good insulator and increases the bear's buoyancy when swimming.

A polar bear has a good sense of smell, sensing prey at a distance of about 20 miles. Although little is known about its sense of touch (its eyesight and hearing is acute), a polar bear is able to manipulate various objects with great dexterity.

With canine teeth larger and sharper than those of other bears, the polar bear is the most carnivorous North American bear.

Photo: iStockPhoto

How Polar Bears Evolved

Not Your Great-Great-Great-Grandfather's Brown Bear

The earliest polar bear fossil is less than 100,000 years old. And it is likely that they separated from the brown (grizzly) bear somewhere near the arctic coast of Siberia.

As the polar bear evolved, it's appearance diverged from the brown bear's, growing hair all over it's body except nose and pads of feet. The bear's coat became white to yellow and sometimes light brown depending on the time of year.

The head became elongated with a Roman nose. The cheek teeth became smaller and more jagged and the canines larger and sharper for tearing apart it's favorite food, seal. And their claws are also shorter and more solid than the brown bear.

The polar bear's tail and ears are smaller than the brown bear's but they have huge feet. Their feet are used to swim (used oar-like) and like snowshoes on the snow and ice. They also have small, soft papillae on the bottoms of their feet which gives them traction on the ice when they run.

What is a Polar Bears Range? - How much do polar bears travel?

Polar bears travel throughout the year within single home ranges, which tend to be a larger area than for other mammal species because of the alterations in sea ice from year to year and even season to season. Small home ranges (19,000 to 23,000 miles) can be discovered near Canadian Arctic Islands, while larger home ranges can be found in the Bering or Chukchi Sea areas.

The polar bear remains in the same area during the same time of year. A polar bear is capable of traveling 19 miles or more per day for several days, although some are capable of a good deal more than that. One can only hope that polar bear adaptation will carry on, as their habitat area shrinks and the pressures of civilization continue to encroach on the the natural homes where the polar bear dwell.

How Polar Bears Reproduce

Polar Bear Birthing Facts

Polar bears mate in April or May.

Although the egg is fertilized, it remains in a state of suspension in the female until late in August or early September. The egg then implants in the wall of the uterus and begins to grow.

Early in November or December, the female, prepares for the impending birth by digging a maternity den. She stays in the den and the babies are born between late November and early January.

One of the most extensive denning areas for polar bears is the lowlands of Hudson Bay and James Bay--the only known location where polar bears den in earth rather than in snow--where by digging down to the permafrost they choose to dig out caves in lake and stream banks and peat hummocks. It is believed that they might also use these permafrost dens to find shade in the summer time.

Photo: iStockPhoto

Polar Bear Embryos

By Award Winning Photographers

Cibachrome print of polar bear embryos by award winning international photographers, Daniel & Geo Fuchs. To see it and more of their fabulous work, click The Bulger Gallery.

By the way, how many embryos do you count?

Polar Bear Habits

Polar bears are Fierce, Playful, Maternal

Polar bears, like people, prefer certain foods. They have an acute sense of smell and is able to locate prey, even when hidden by snowdrifts or ice. Polar bears mainly stalks young seals and can eat nearly 50 a year). They also like walruses and capture them by swimming underwater to their ice floes. They also likes algae (when available), berries, birds and bird eggs, crabs, dead animals (including whales), grasses, mushrooms, small mammals, starfish, and sometimes...adult seals.

The polar bear, when it returns to it's den is lethargic. Males usually den from late November to late January, while females den for a longer period of time, from November to March. During that time, the sows give birth. The cubs remain with their mother about 1-1/2 to 2 years.

One of the largest denning areas for polar bears is the lowlands of Hudson Bay and James Bay. It is also the only known region where polar bears den in earth rather than in snow. They actually dig down to the permafrost to excavate caves.

Most polar bears meet their potential mates in prime seal-hunting spots. Female polar bears don't breed every year since they have cubs for up to 2 years. So, getting a date can be a real challenge! Therefore, competition for the attention of a female can be truly fierce. The males must fight one another for the privilege of mating, sometimes viciously.

Although mating takes place in late March to mid-July, females delay implantation of its fertilized eggs until early fall when it digs out and enters its den, giving birth a month or two later. To carry off a successful pregnancy and denning, the pregnant female must greatly increase her weight, mostly in fat. The denned mother often goes without food or water for as long as nine months.

The cubs are born in December or January, usually a pair of fur balls. They weigh in at about 1 to 1.5 pounds. When they leave their den in March or Apr, the cubs will weigh 25 to 30 pounds.

Photos: iStockPhoto

Polar Bears whiskers

Do polar bears have whiskers?

Turns out that polar bears have distinctive whisker spot patterns. The University of Central Florida keeps a visual database of polar bears encountered with photos and encountering information.

They have a picture of the polar bears side-view (right or left side) that shows the whisker spot patterns and scars. Each bear's is unique.

For more information, see Reuters's article Of Fingerprints and polar bear whiskers.

Polar Bear Tracks -- paw print

How big are polar bears paws?

Polar bear paws are large -- about 9 inches wide and 12 inches long. Here's a photo of a print left by a polar bear. You can see just the front part of the paw.

Polar Bear Tail

How big is a polar bear's tail?

The tail of a polar bear is very small compared to the rest of his body.

The tail is flat and between 3 to 5 inches long. It's not always easy to see because the long hair on the body often covers it.

Here's a great shot of one.

Photos: iStockPhoto

What Is Your Polar Bear Aware Quotient? - How Did You Score On The Polar Bear Aware-ness Test?

See how you compare with others that took the test. Remember, if you don't like your score, take the test again after you finish reading through the lens. I won't tell.

What was your Polar Bear Aware-ness Quotient?

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WEEKLY Polar Bear Cartoons by David Booth

Cartoon changes every Monday

Come back every Monday to see a NEW Polar Bear Cartoon. To see all of David's cartoons, be sure to go to his wonderful website Cabin Fever Art. Tell him you saw him at Polar Bear Aware! You can get this design or any of his other dozens of cartoons and artwork on anything from t-shirts to note cards at Cartoon Bear Ware

Polar Bear Cartoon Book

Hot off the Presses

Those of you who have been visiting this lens know that David M. Booth is an amazing cartoonist and is a good friend of mine. He is an animal lover and has made it his mission in life to save polar bears. His first book of polar bear cartoons has just hit the stands (so to speak).

As an Alaskan artist and cartoonist, David has a unique take on polar bears. His cartoons run the gambit from funny to quirky, and thought-provoking to silly and everything in-between. You can find his cartoons on Polar Bears International website as he is their official cartoonist. David's philosophy is that cartoons that add a bit of humor accomplish more than "doom & gloom" discussions.

The book also contains beautiful polar bear photos, polar bear facts and even a polar bear crossword puzzle. You can get you own copy by clicking on the book photo above, or click Skating on Thin Ice.

Polar Bears Cartoon Ware by David M. Booth

Polar bear cartoon t-shirts and other ware

Just click on the logo you like below to see all of the products available in that design from t-shirts and jackets to card and posters. To see dozens more of his designs, click B-Cool Stuff

Polar Bears And Their Habitat

Where You'll Find Polar Bears

Polar bears live only in the Northern Hemisphere. They inhabit the Arctic ice cap, islands, sea ice, and water and continental coastlines. Polar bears prefer the sea ice habitat. They like to be near the continental coastlines or islands.

Polar bears are found in Canada, from the northern arctic islands south to the Hudson Bay. They are also found in Greenland, the islands off the coast of Norway, on the northern and northwestern coasts of Alaska and on the northern coast of the former Soviet Union.

Some polar bears spend part of the year on land, although in warmer climates a bear might become stranded. Most pregnant females spend the autumn and winter on land in their maternity dens.

The home range of a polar bear tend to be larger than for other mammal species because of the changes in sea ice from year to year and even season to season. Small home ranges are between 19,000 to 23,000 miles, and can be found near Canadian Arctic Islands. Large home ranges are about 135,000 miles and can be found in the Bering or Chukchi Seas. A polar bear is capable of traveling 19 miles or more per day for several days, although some are capable of much more than that.

Photos: iStockPhoto

What Polar Bears Eat

Are polar bears omnivores?

Polar bears, like people, prefer certain foods. They have an acute sense of smell and is able to locate prey, even when hidden by snowdrifts or ice. Polar bears mainly stalks young seals and can eat nearly 50 a year). They also like walruses and capture them by swimming underwater to their ice floes. They also likes algae (when available), berries, birds and bird eggs, crabs, beluga whale and bowhead whales carcasses, grasses, mushrooms, small mammals, starfish, and sometimes...adult seals.

Polar bears also love watermelon.

Inuit Beliefs About The Polar Bear

What do Inuits believe about polar bears?

The prehistoric Inuit people held strong beliefs about animals and about the polar bear specifically. They knew how to kill animals including polar bears but they believed they had to defer to their spirits when they did.

The beliefs and practices varied some depending on where the people lived. However, they had (maybe some still do) the following common themes: They believed that...

* All creatures have souls.

* That a polar bear would give itself to a hunter only if it were treated properly after death.

* The spirit of an animal might be chosen to be the tornaq (spiritual guardian) of an individual.

* The most powerful tornaq (after the Sedna, the Goddess of the sea, who was held to be the most powerful being of all) was that of a polar bear.

* It was wrong to kill a polar bear too soon after another one was killed so there was a taboo set on hunting. For instance, the Netsilik, Copper, and Inland Inuit abstained for 5 days after killing a female and 4 days for a male.

* If a polar bear was wounded by a hunter, it's soul would be deeply offended and cause sickness and harm to the hunter therefore, it had to be tracked down and killed.

The Inuit people still have much regard and reverence for the polar bear.

The Inuit legend of Qupqugiaq aka Kokogiak

Inuit legend

Qupqugiaq is a 10-legged polar bear in this Inuit legend. In the story, he renounces violence and tries to create a love-based community.

To read the complete story, click Kokogiak

Polar Bear Playing With Husky

Polar bear playing with dog friends

This one of my favorite photos. To see this fantastic picture and more of the meeting between a male polar bear and a husky, check out Mutts, a blog by John Woestendiek of The Baltimore Sun. His story is called Wonder on the Tundra. To go to the article and video click Play Article

Scientists predict two-thirds of polar bear global population could disappear within the next fifty years! Rising temperatures are literally melting the ice beneath their paws, drastically reducing their habitat and food supply. The situation is dire.

By adopting a polar bear from National Wildlife Federation today (less than 10 cents a day), you will be helping to save these magnificent creatures. Best of all, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're helping to protect polar bears and other imperiled wildlife.

For more information, click New Adoption Center

I have my polar bear plush, do you have yours?

Share your best story, photo, joke, links to websites or Squidoo lenses, or anything else shedding light on polar bears. (Limited html.)

I'd love to hear from folks who have visited polar bears in their natural habitat. Thanks and bear hugs, Frankie

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      Thanks for the kudos, Jennifer. I actually have Defenders of Wildlife in "Endangered Species Organizations Protecting Polar Bears" above. But this gives folks 2 places to see them. And, they do of course help other species as well. Thanks again. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      vpjimmyd 9 years ago

      Good old polar bears. I think this page supports a great cause. You should get some pictures of that one polar bear that turned purple in a zoo somewhere. Some of my favorite causes (tic) include Touch Screen Monitors and Cat5e Cable.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hey-your concern for the bears are very understandable and compassionate. So it should come as a relief to you to know that since the mid 80's the polar bear population has increased from approx 850 to over 2100! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/03/09/wpolar09.xml I also encourage you all to be very cautious about "global warming" look at the science and the reality.

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      Frankie Kangas 9 years ago from California

      P. Bear. Thanks for your comments, however, for every study or article you cite, I can site a dozen others that dispute their arguments. A few of things to keep in mind:(1) The early estimates of polar bear populations are a guess. There is no data at all for the 1950-60s. (2)Today Polar bear are showing less weight and fewer cubs. (3) Look at who paid for the studies. For more information on polar bear population comparisons, click Ask the experts I do include articles on both sides of the polar bear and global warming issues. From all of my ongoing research, I believe polar bears are in danger of extinction. I hope I'm wrong. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      davewashere 9 years ago

      I realize only now that I was completely polar bear unaware.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Wow! we saw some at Sea World... seemed a small place for such a great bear to live.

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      yokiro_03 9 years ago

      Wow lots of info here and good stuff. Thanks for taking the time to put this up.

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      Margaret Schaut 9 years ago from Detroit

      I'm ALWAYS blown away every time I drop by! If I was in trouble, I'd want YOU for my advocate! Nobody does that better!

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      Stephen Carr 9 years ago from Corona, CA

      Love the Bears!

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      Karendelac 9 years ago

      I would give you 10 stars if I could.

      Frankie, this is truly a wonderful site.

      Rescue and caring for animals is so dear to heart and you have done a superlative job.

      Wonderful images and content.

      Bright blessings !

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      jtpratt lm 9 years ago

      I never thought that I would find so much information about polar bears all in one place! That one picture of the polar bear feet was absolutely incredible, I had no idea they were so massive and big. These are incredible animals! You have such an expansive lens - I would be humbled if you visited Designer Handbag Whores.

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      dual-shock-3 9 years ago

      Thanks for the great information ,really cool lens.

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Every year, when I start my 2-months cooking stint in Alaska, I go to the big glass case with a huge polar bear (unfortunately dead and mounted), at Anchorage Intl. Airport. What a beautiful giant! And quite scary...

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      StacymomBiz 9 years ago

      Awesome lens and resources - thanks. 5 stars!

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      Jennifer Alison Emmer 9 years ago from San Jose, California

      Hi Frankie,

      You deserve all the kudos. Your lens is the best one I've seen, and it's obvious you are passionate about Polar Bears. Thanks for all you do to help them. Thanks for swinging by my Feng Shui lens, too. Rock on.

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      YouCanCallMeDan 8 years ago

      Kudos to you and thank you for sharing all of your hard work. You are an inspiration to me to be more aware of polar bears and their plight.

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      karmapeace 8 years ago

      Well addressed issue congrats!

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      SylviaVictor 8 years ago

      Very cute and interesting lens...I learnt so many new things about polar bears. I would like to give more than 50 stars but only 5 are followed. Feel free to check out my lens at Giblink

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hey Frankster what's up. This is one of my top 10 sites. I can tell you have put a lot of work into this site really glad to see all the information that is avalible here. When you get a chance check out this site on credit card debt reduction. There is a lot of helpful information for people and to let you know what is going on and the most frequently asked debt collection questions and pratices. Thanks

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      GreenRevolution 8 years ago

      Hi Frankie. Thanks for creating this wonderful lens. It's an absolutely gorgeous lens on a topic that we should all be concerned about. Really great job! 5 *****!

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      Imogen Crest 8 years ago

      Great lens, we need the bears!

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      This lens gets better and better. I lensrolled it onto my Snowy Owl lens!

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      EricBadgley 8 years ago

      Great lense you have here.

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      triathlontraini1 8 years ago

      Not only a fantastic lens, but more importantly, it's for a great cause. Plus, I love Polar Bears! Thank you!

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      funwithtrains lm 8 years ago

      Great Lens! 5 stars and a favorite! Please visit my Marklin Trains lens.

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      EliteClubs 8 years ago

      This lens is great, very informative, thank you.

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      dmitry911 8 years ago

      GREAT POST!

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      Jo_Murphy 8 years ago

      Wow! Fantastic! what an amazing lens, well done :-) I've lensrolled you

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      akrause2112 8 years ago

      This is hands down one of my personal favorite lenses! I am so proud to feature it in the BIG LENSES Group!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is great. I have always loved this cuddly looking bears and have wanted to hold one but have never been able to. Thanks for such an awesome lens.

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Outstanding lens. Loved the story/slideshow with the wild polar bear and huskies playing.

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      EliteClubs 8 years ago

      Great lens, I just wanna see a polar bear film seeing you lovely lens.

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      purple83 8 years ago

      This is an awesome lens well done. I have a new lens out i would like all to see it is so important its about global warming and going green to save our planet all ages should see the videos its truly sad and we need to spread the word just click my name up there and it is called global warming.... thanks for a great lens i love polar bears and now i am polar bear aware :)

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      jmsst44 8 years ago

      WOW! So informative! You did a lot of research and worked REALLY hard on this! GREAT JOB!!

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      krisManuel 8 years ago

      I definitely enjoyed this lens. 5* for you :)

      Thanks for leaving me some feedback! If you have time, check out my brand new lenson the Verve! Thanks!

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      PioneerMarketer 8 years ago

      I don't think we will ever be polar bear aware enough! I just hope it is not to late for our White Furry Friends!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens. Everything I ever wanted to know about polar bears all in one place. Very informative. Thanks!

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      lhiller 8 years ago

      This is a wonderful lense - I keep returning to see what I've missed in previous visits.

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      Sniff It Out 8 years ago

      What an absolutely fantastic page! Definitely 5 stars for you!

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      RichLeighHD 8 years ago

      An excellent lens there, so well constructed! A definite 5 stars from me.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      What a Great Lens! 5 Stars and Favored!

      The Three Bears lumbered over to check out your lens and liked it so much that they are sending you virtual Maple Syrup to pour on your Waffles.

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      boodidyajump 8 years ago

      It's been a lifelong ambition of mine to swim with dolphins, having read this, I now want to swim with polar bears! Great lens. They are magnificent creatures and so cute when they're babies. If they were to disappear due to man's folly it would be a disgrace. I read somewhere that when Knut was born some zoo officials said he should be left to die. That too would have been wrong. All life is precious and we should do all we can to help preserve and improve it. petmedscenter.com

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      WebbyDiva 8 years ago

      Polar Bears may have finally been listed as 'Threatened' Species by the U.S. government (May 14, 2008) BUT that decision came with a big catch! An exemption for global warming pollution. Global warming is the biggest threat facing polar bears today and this exemption eliminates any protection the listing could have provided for the polar bear. The listing specifically says federal agencies don’t need to consider the impact of global warming pollution on the polar bear. The listing also proposes a separate regulation that reduces the protections the polar bear would otherwise receive under the Endangered Species Act. This might look like a listing to protect the polar bear but it’s really just a way for the administration to protect the interests of the oil and gas industry, as well as get away without taking action on global warming.

      Poor Polar Bears :( They still need our help and actions.

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      LDWorld 8 years ago

      Congratulations on making # 1 in TOP 100!

      Useful and helpful info.

      We love polar bears, in Russia they are called White Bears ;)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great information, very informative, thanks a lot.

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      TopStyleTravel 8 years ago

      I was saw a news story of a polar bear stranded on a small piece of ice at sea. It broke my heart. They are beautiful animals and deserve better.

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      LeeCS 8 years ago

      5 stars!!!Very informative! Don't forget to drop by my Cheap Car Insurance and how to obtain Cheap Car Insurance For Teenagers site!

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      CrexSirius 8 years ago

      Thanks for the very useful informations! Awesome! 5 stars rated..Please drop by my site about cheap home insurance rates and cheap homeowners insurance in Florida. Thank you!

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      Tracy-B 8 years ago

      Great Lens!

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      Karendelac 8 years ago

      Frankie dear

      I would give you 50 stars if I could.

      You make the greatest lenses.

      You have a great heart.

      I salute you and your efforts.

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      steamtown 8 years ago

      Thanks for making this lens. I must admit that I learned a lot about polar bears.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi,

      I love your lens. Given you 5 stars.

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      Shellybee 8 years ago

      Last year we gave our family Christmas gifts from WWF where we adopted Polar Bears in their name. They each received a certificate and a picture of their bear. I feel the same way about the plight of the honey bee as I do for the Polar Bears. I tried contacting the Beekeepers Association to see if they could do something similar to what WWF does but no one responded. I have started my first lens about bees and your lens shows me what I need to do to make mine as effective as yours! Thank you so much! You can check out my lens at savethebeesplantagarden and tell me what you think.

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      sisterra 8 years ago

      Excellent Excellent lens!! 5 stars. The photos are fantastic.

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      irenemaria 8 years ago from Sweden

      WOW WOW WOW What a fantastic lens! Wish I could give you more than 5*. My own lens about Svalbard is now pale in comparison....

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on becoming a Giant!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow, this is without a doubt one of the best, most informative, fascinating and fun lenses ever! I am definitely bookmarking this page, as well as forwarding it to my kids. They will have hours of summer fun just clicking on these great links. Thanks so much for raising my bear-wareness!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I think this is a fabulous lens!! Because polar bears are predators and eat other "cute" and wonderful animals such as the penguins and seals I think that this makes many people see them as vicious creatures who don't deserve as much protection. But this is not the polar bear's fault, that is how these wonderful creatures were made! They are truly beautiful and amazing and I hope your lens helps more people to be aware of their plight!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love all the information on polar bear birthing! Good stuff.

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      Steve-SEO-UK 8 years ago

      I was shocked the other night when I saw a documentary on TV about Polar Bears and the effect of global warming on them. The bears were trying to cross the ice but ended up having to swim miles - usually not making it and drowning. Really sad to see. Wishing you all the best with this Lens.

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      Oran-Kangas 8 years ago

      And to think, I knew her when she was "just" my wife.

      Now I have to watch what I say or I get a giant tentacle up-side the head.

      Congrats and love

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      Philamena 8 years ago

      Frankie, it just keeps getting better! Five stars, squared, from me!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Bears of all kinds are beautiful creatures, without a doubt. They can also be deadly. Don't get too close to bears in the wild. Protect yourself with bear spray from www.youbsafe.com

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      Angelina 8 years ago from California

      wonderful lens on a beautiful animal, I hope people join the fight to save their lives

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      dkdaniel 8 years ago

      An unbearably tragic situation - this is an important lens! (is that bear nodding his head while listening to "Teddy Bear's Picnic"?) Best wishes, Daniel

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      Frutose 8 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I am really worried about the future of polar bear. Its number is decreasing dramatically since the global warming. Moreover, some Americans go to Canada to hunt polar bears, that's too bad.

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      teamlane 8 years ago

      This lens is better than ever! Keep up the great work Frankster! ;)

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      mopsky31 8 years ago

      You deserve 5 stars. Very good lens.

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      SideSplitters 8 years ago

      Definitely one of the top ten lenses of all time on Squidoo! Always interesting, and it's fun to come back to. I'd give it a thousand stars if I could!

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      ashleymia 8 years ago

      Really your lens is excellent. I like this very much. I am so much impressed by this. This is an excellent lens. Every one need to do some job for their save. 5*s.

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      What a wonderful lens. These beautiful animals only have limited time if we don't do something now. I haven't yet seen polar bears in the wild, but I would love to be able to do so.

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      nancydodds1 8 years ago

      Its very nice and good information. I had rated you. Recently i added a lens on mortgage in UK. Iam sure this will helpful to your dream house.

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      Great work, this lens really stands out! And impressive pagerank, too (a five!)!

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      Yvonne L. B. 8 years ago from Covington, LA

      A fantastic lens, 5*'s and favorite. Thanks for joining the Naturally Native Squids group. Don't forget to add your lens links to the appropriate plexos and vote for them.

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      J-Stanley 8 years ago

      Awesome! What else can you say... This is one of the greatest lenses I have ever seen. Thanks!

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      supermom_in_ny 8 years ago

      My kids and I love polar bears. We couldn't believe Palin wanted to take them off the endangered list!!!!!

      Hopefully, we'll enjoy polar bears for a really long time.

      5 stars!

      :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Their extinction rapidly growing because of Global Warming. I have seen the latest news about the rapidly melting of iceberg in Antarctica. How awful..

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      Stephen Carr 8 years ago from Corona, CA

      Quite a huge, informative lens. Took me a while to get through it.

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Congratulations! This fantastic lens is this week's winner of the Choose Your Favorite Giant lens contest! Stop by and Grab Your Badge!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i love polar bear...so sweet...

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      hlruther lm 8 years ago

      Wow, how thorough! I recently heard some depressing news that polar bears were actually resulting to cannibalism to survive. I am glad to see that you are helping to bring awareness to their plight.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      It's easy to see why this lens has won so many awards. Beautiful and informative!

      Congratulations on your Giant Squid 2008 Award!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on the 2008 Best Charity Lens award!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Congratulations Frankie for winning the Best Charily Lens in the 2008 Giant Squid Awards. Well deserved !!! And, congratulations for being #1 in Animals.

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      ThomasC 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your Giant Squid 2008 Award! Very well done!

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your Giant Squid Award, you deserve it for this great lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Congrats on your award :)

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      Charlyjl 8 years ago

      Wow! What a lens - and full of great information. You truly deserve the Best Charity Lens 2008 award. Congratulations.

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      Steve-SEO-UK 8 years ago

      Amazing. Congratulation on bringing awareness of their sufferings

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      John-B 8 years ago

      Didn't see any mention of this don't know if it's relevant but apparently polar bears skin is black and their fur isn’t actually "white" its pigment free transparent with a hollow centre it which scatters the light and reflects all visible wavelengths appearing white http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/bear-facts/...

      other literature for and against the statement

      http://it.stlawu.edu/~koon/mar_ref.html

      Awesome lense mate!

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      [in reply to John-B] John, thanks for your comment. I do have info about the black skin and hollow hair in the module called, "Description Of The Polar Bear - Ursus Maritimus" near the top of the lens.

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      jimfurr 8 years ago

      A HOOT! :)

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      ashroc 8 years ago

      such a brilliant lens! a great mix of facts and fun

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      vnrozier 8 years ago

      Excellent site. I've linked to you.

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      bettyblue 8 years ago

      Have you ever wondered how Polar Bears have EVER survived. I mean seriously, this isn't the first time the "POOR" bears have gone through weather changing!

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      What an amazing 5* lens. We are trying to decide if this lens should go under our best charity lens ever or a lens that made me cry.

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      PetSnakes 8 years ago

      Interesting lens. They surely are magnificent animals. Dread in the hearts of any animal that would be its prey.

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      jura 8 years ago

      Simply great lens.

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Awesome lens, great information and fabulous photos! That video of the polar bear playing with the husky was amazing :o) 5*

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      jtpratt lm 7 years ago

      Wow, you like polar bears almost as much as I like Free eBay Wordpress Plugins (my latest lens). Please stop by and give it a visit - I rated your lens 5 stars!

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      MMS-Water-Purification-Drops 7 years ago

      Great Photos! A true education, thanks for spending the time to put this lens together!

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      mikeitloffe 7 years ago

      This is a great 5 star lens. I feel like a polar bear even if my score was very poor: Bear-ly Worth Scoring. You have a new fan!

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      Aaronicus 7 years ago

      Great lens, though I'm dubious about the whole man-made global warming thing. I spend a lot of time (and half my career) writing on environmental issues--especially electric/hydrogen vehicles and transportation.

      I greatly enjoyed this lens, though. If you haven't already (I'm sure you have), the Planet Earth BBC series is highly recommended.

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      My-Mothers-Day 7 years ago

      Hi Frankie. Just had to re-visit here - one of my all-time favorite lenses of ANY kind. ***** Fabulous! Thanks for your warm comments on my flowers, lens, too. I appreciate you, your knowledge, your incredible lenses, and all you do!

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I am not in the least surprised that you were awarded a purple star for this lens. Congratulations! :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congrats on the purple star!!!!! You deserve it :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      No. 1 and worth it. Great lens. Thanks.

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      dikayeah 7 years ago

      Hi there,

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      grace antoinette 7 years ago

      I really enjoy your lens! Thank you!

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      Cassandrology 7 years ago

      This is an excellent lens, because not only it is very informative but also in a way that it encourage us to help protect species that are endangered to be gone like the polar bear.

      I salute you for having a nice job in your lens! 5*...........

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      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      In Sweden there is a new Zoo called Polar World. I made a lens about it and will lensroll this. Thank you!

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      AmberCoco LM 7 years ago

      Thank you for all of your hard work to educate all of us about polar bears -- what beautiful, magnificent creatures they are plus the dangers they face from the damage we are doing the to environment.

      "Sea ice melting too fast for some polar bears" - this story just breaks my heart. :-( I hope we come together and figure out how to live on this planet without destroying the habitat of so many species.

      Again, thank you for your work. Ammie

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      MikeMitzner 7 years ago

      Great lens! But shouldn't the first headline say "discover YOUR polar bear awareness.." ??

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      Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

      [in reply to MikeMitzner] OH DUH! You are right. Thank you so much for letting me know. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Adrienne Jenkins 7 years ago

      Love the Polar Bear animation although I feel for the penguin's predicament :(

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      Cashbandit 7 years ago

      What's not to like? Bears rock! They were here long before us, they need our help.

      Great stuff......;)

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      jerrymcvictor 7 years ago

      What a great and informative lens! Such a wonderful animal the polar bear. Gave you all 5 stars :)

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      Gothic-Contact-Lenses 7 years ago

      Thank you for a good resource.

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      orangeduvet 7 years ago

      Great lens - thanks!

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      greenerme 7 years ago

      I just linked to this on my reusable bag lens. There's a new polar bear reusable bag that seemed to be begging to be linked to this page. Still one of my favorite lenses on Squidoo!

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      inkserotica 7 years ago

      Such a wealth of information about a beautiful creature 5*. You are loved and blessed!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Love the polar bear and this lens!! 5*. Wish I could give it 6*.

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      Janet1 7 years ago

      Came back to see what's new and the latest polar bear cartoon. Cool! Keep up the great work.

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      Pmona LM 7 years ago

      Awesome lens! Thank you for your efforts to raise awareness about these beautiful and amazing animals.

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      ttsupra 7 years ago

      Great lens, some great pictures and lots of really good info! This is what i like to see on squidoo. Thanks again..

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      My favorite stuff on Polar Bears? Well, I donate part of my earnings to Polar Bears International. Bears aren't probably as kind as my Teddy Bear but they look as lovely and kind as my Terry Bear looked!

      SquidAngel blessings.

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      Eliza Rayner 7 years ago from Boulder, Colorado

      Beautiful page on such a wonderful animal. I have added it to my new page - a few of my favorite things. plus 5 stars. I love how polar bears will put snow on their noses while they hunt for further campouflage.

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      ohmydogsupplies 7 years ago

      I love to watch polar bears on animal planet.

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

      This is a beautiful tribute to polar bears!

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      JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

      Came back to give you a SquidAngel blessing!

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Greetings! You have a lovely lens and it has been blessed.

      This is still one of my favorite lenses.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hey!

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      spiritartist 6 years ago

      Greeting Frankie! Nice to see all your new stuff!

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      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

      What a great collection you have here!,Awesome info and helpful..

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      paminaz 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Thank you.

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      reasonablerobby 6 years ago

      Such wonderful creatures. We really are mad doing what we are doing to the planet and threatening their habitat.

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      aishu19 6 years ago

      There is so much good information about polar bears here..and the cartoons are cute too!

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      Wow! Lots to learn here! I'll favourite this one!

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      At home affectionately say our son Polar Bear. They are adorable. Nice lens.

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      this is a great lens about polar bears

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      TraceyFitzgerald 6 years ago

      This is really impressive. Thanks for sharing! I learned a lot...

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      Fascinating lens. I really had fun reading and watching the videos. I can't wait to hear all about your trip this fall.

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      discusfishguy 6 years ago

      What a great site. I annoy my wife with my "what color is a polar bear's skin" trivia question. It's nice to see the facts here. thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great Lens , Thank You for sharing

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      tintin79 6 years ago

      This is one of the longest lenses i have ever seen. Well done. I learnt a lot about Polar Bears reading it. Geez Polar Bears have big feet.

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      Carmel Aaron 6 years ago

      Thank you this great lens. I guess I am now at least some- Polar Bear Aware.

      You are tops when you report about your beloved critters!

      Thumbs up

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      ClinicallySigni 6 years ago

      What a great lens! Congrats on the trip and this great lens! So cool to see you donate the proceeds made on all of this hard work. Thanks for making Squidoo great and for your dedication to these awesome animals.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i absolutely loved your site!

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      scar4 6 years ago

      If we can't move together to preserve those precious creatures immediately, they would disappear from our sights sooner or later.

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      fireblazzer 6 years ago

      Polar bears.. don't pick a fight with one

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      rachsue lm 6 years ago

      Simply Amazing lens. Thank you so much for all the information. You have spent a lot of time with research and it is obvious. YOur devotion to this animals is amazing.

      Thank you

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      Nimblepins 6 years ago

      Great Lens! I am scared, but wanting to learn more. Thanks for this!

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      Ronnie, my little brother who died when he was 8, had a stuffed polar bear - bigger than he was. He called him Nanook... I have always had an affinity for polar bears ever since I was a child and I am certain it is because of Ronnie's Nanook.

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      RBUK 6 years ago

      Many thanks for sharing this excellent Lens, it is definitely one of my favourites within the Pets & Animals section. I will definitely be keeping track of your future Lenses and hope to see much more from you. Thanks and have a great day. Ryan: My Blog

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      photofk3 6 years ago

      The protection of our environment and animals is a veryimportant issue. Great lens.

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      christopherlee lm 6 years ago

      Nice blog Frank, you got a lot of great pic posted here, i will be back here again to read some more. I have just created my Len few day ago at >> Hope you can visit mine I have favourited your Len.

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      yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

      wonderful pics and infos...in germany we played.. "how cute is knut-game" all over...when the new icebear was born in a zoo ...poor kid...nothing changed... just merchandise

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      glenanail 6 years ago

      Important cause, great lens! one of my fav lensmasters! Cheers

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      glenanail 6 years ago

      for some reason it didn't allow me to add a comment before so im saying it again (hopefuly not double post) - great lens, important cause! loved it

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      JodiVee 6 years ago

      Wow, you need to be really brave to swim with polar bears! That photo is out of this world!

      http://www.jobvirtue.com

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      I've visited your lens before, but I wanted to come back to give it an Angel blessing. :)

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      EuroSquid LM 6 years ago

      Loved this lens for years. Now that I am an Angel, I came back to bless it. Well done Frankie

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      weight-loss-dieting-diets 6 years ago

      We can not save the world. It's to complicated.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like white polar bear...well done lens..

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      tobejim 6 years ago

      Nice lens - wow, you must REALLY like Polar Bears!

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      nancymcconnell 6 years ago

      Great lens, very interesting!!!!

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      AustinRick 6 years ago

      A very well-done lens indeed. However, the notion that climate change, whether human-caused or not, is reducing the polar bear population is far from certain. In fact, it is not at all certain that their numbers are declining in the first place. The people most likely to know don't think so. See this:

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1545036/...

      and this:

      http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0503/p13s01-wogi.htm...

      Those who champion the notion of population decline are, without exception, committed global warming advocates and have few, if any, bona fides in polar bear studies. They apparently have decided what it is that they want to find, then go look for it, find it and tell us all about it. Then they exclude the real experts from any discussions on the subject and candidly admit that the reason has to do with their position on global warming.

      That's not science.

      In today's world it makes sense to require anyone who advocates a policy or position that would force us to change our behavior to prove their points in detail and answer questions from those who object to their claims. They should show us their data and share their methods so that their results can be verified and their claims can be checked. We're not seeing that with this crowd.

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      soccerdream27 6 years ago

      this is a great lens with lots of detail and quality. great job!

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      Oliversbabycarecouk 6 years ago

      Great page with good information. Lovely photos - Polar bears are so cute! x

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      imolaK 6 years ago

      This lens is wonderful and the photos are very nice, too. Blessed!

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      elyria 6 years ago

      Love the photos, very cute! My little maltipoo looks like a very mini version of a polar bear :)

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      @AustinRick: I'm surprised that you picked out global warming to write about when this lens barely mentions it. I do mention climate change as a factor in the introduction, however, I don't think even you would argue that just the fact that the climate is changing does affect polar bears just as it affects humans and other species.

      There are arguments on both sides and I listen/read/watch news about global warming from all points of view. However, this is not the forum I'd like to discuss/debate it. If you'd like, ceck out and post comments on Polar Bears and Global Warming (www.squidoo.com/polar-bears-and-global-warming) which is a better forum. Thanks, Frankster

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      Katrina Marie Britt 6 years ago from Oregon

      I love your lens. Thanks for making it!

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      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

      Some of the pictures are very cute! Thanks for sharing them !

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      nestboxes 6 years ago

      Great lens - love the interactive content .. and the photos of course

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      aliki-m 6 years ago

      Polar bears are amazing animals! Thanks for this lens!!

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      NelsonFix 6 years ago

      Big PB and animal fan. Great lens. Nice work. Cool Pix. Have a polar bear photo-design Ceramic Drink Coaster and Wood-Framed Tile available at Polar Bear Gifts

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      bobbyjones654321 6 years ago

      We should promote more articles as such. Thanks for raising awareness.

      bobby jones

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      crazycuriosity 6 years ago

      Amazing Lens. Thanks for the great information and pictures

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      patriciapeppy 6 years ago

      great lense can see you put a lot of work into it.

      I've never seen a polar bear in the wild but do remember seeing them in the Stanley Park Zoo when I was a kid. It's amazing how big they are.

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      MomTips 6 years ago

      Great lens,Thank You!!

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Lucky Leprechaun Angel Blessings!

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      kougar lm 6 years ago

      Outstanding lens. Thank-you for all this amazing information.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It is sad to see this wonderful animal and its other arctic area animals in danger because of the global warming. Also please if you find trash such as plastic bags or anything that can blow in the wind and land into a zoo enclosure please pick it up. One of our bears in the St. Louis, Mo Zoo died in the past few years from this such disaster.

      Thanks so much for all the beautiful information and the love you have shown by your page here.

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      BadSoulPhotography 6 years ago

      Great article and pictures, I love taking pictures of bears, they're awesome.

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      georgegijo 6 years ago

      This awesome lens has got everything one should know about polar bear. The fate of polar bear much depends on such initiatives like this lens to help spreading the awareness to a large number of people.

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Happy April Fool's Day. No pranks; just blessings ;)

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      Larbin 5 years ago

      I want to swim with polar bears...hopefully it's not gonna be cold. Or....I want to be a polar bear.

      Great lens!

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      Saeris 5 years ago

      I LOVE Polar bears! Thank you for this!

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      aborenegade 5 years ago

      this is pretty cool i just started out on squidoo and yours is like a role model

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      LensSeller 5 years ago

      An excellent lens that really shows what Squidoo is all about. Well done!

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      KellydeBorda 5 years ago

      What a fun lens - love to see lenses where people really show their passion for a subject. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens

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      tomwjr 5 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for you work!

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      Nice lens. There are a lot of animals that are nearing their extinction. It is sometimes because of humans. They are hunting them for their personal interest. Not only humans has the right to live, also animals.

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      SusanAlisonArt 5 years ago

      Wow! Great lens, keep up the good work!

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      leansmasterpranav 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      They are such magnificent creatures. It's just sad that they are dying and starting to get smaller by the numbers. I saw an Al Gore documentary that they actually seen some Polar bears drown because the ice which they stay afloat on are melting. This is a great way to spread awareness! A wonderful lens!

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      Jeannieinabottl1 5 years ago

      Wow! I learned a lot about polar bears! This is a great lens.

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      businessblessin1 5 years ago

      I remember seeing a polar bear up close at the Singapore Zoo, what really struck me the most about them was their huge tongues!

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      dannygator7790 5 years ago

      What an amazing lens! Polar bears are such awesome creatures and I'm glad you were able to make such an educational lens on them.

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      ACatLady 5 years ago

      great lens, bless the bears, i'm amazed how animals thrive in such cold places. love the photos and quizzes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just wish we would get serious about climate change so we don't put these beautiful bears at such great risk. Amazingly beautiful lens!

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      itsmuzza2011 5 years ago

      wow what a fantastic lens, and my word arnt they HUGE, people need to be very aware of these gentle giants, they are scary and my little girl loves them, many thanks thumbs up from me

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      Polar bears are in trouble due to climate change, they are finding themselves without a place to stand! I am not an animal lover, I am an environmentalist and what is happening to this species is a crime. They appear to be one of the most magnificent species of animal on the planet and we humans with our destruction of the environment are killing them. This is a sad fact of life, when we revert to renewable sources of energy we will at least be on the right path. Congrats on LotD. See you around the galaxy...

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      I have not yet had the chance to visit their natural habitat, but I am against keeping polar bears in zoos.

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      sociopath-free 5 years ago

      Saw something on TV about a new bear -- half polar half grizzly. Apparently both breeds are losing habitat and meeting up and breeding. It would be a horrible loss to lose these animals.

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      tw006e6375 5 years ago

      My you do really have the Bear facts in your lens its fantastic and must have taken a hell of a long time to produce.Tom

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      davidber 5 years ago

      Great lens, always loved animals

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      hamamhize 5 years ago

      You have a very interesting lens. Thanks

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      SheilaVine LM 5 years ago

      Great Lens

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      EcoGecko LM 5 years ago

      lol I think I saw the husky video's on one of he Nat Geo channels

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      Writing Nag 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Congrats on LOTD! Super informative lens and it's really fun!

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      AgingIntoDisabi 5 years ago

      @pheonix76: ITA. I don't like seeing wild animals in circuses or zoos.

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I love polar bears! Great lens. Congratulations on LotD!!

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      SydneyH LM 5 years ago

      Nice lens! There's a lot of good information here.

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      anka05 5 years ago

      very interesting lens and really great! Thank you, Frankster!

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      ArtDiva 5 years ago

      Hi, there, Frankster! Just dropped by to say "Hello!" More people need to be aware of the plight of many animal species. Thank you for your contribution.

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      ctavias0ffering1 5 years ago

      Congrats on LotD for this lens. It's a masterpiece. The video of the polar bear and husky encounter is simply astonishing.

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      bag 5 years ago

      Isn't it great news that the population of polar bears has doubled in the past thirty years. In a report by the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released on January 30, 2008, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service estimates that the polar bear population is currently at 20,000 to 25,000 bears, up from as low as 5,000-10,000 bears in the 1950s and 1960s. A 2002 U.S. Geological Survey of wildlife in the Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain noted that the polar bear populations âmay now be near historic highs.â

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      Christine Larsen 5 years ago from South Australia

      I wish my Arctic Wolf Eyes had seen that Polar Bear and Husky at play - maybe would have joined in?

      Christine

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Finally LOTD on this extraordinary labor of love! You will have everyone loving polar bears...except for the ringed seal who was happy to see him enjoying watermelon. Bear hugs! Now you have a polar bear pair of LOTD's!

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      LabKittyDesign 5 years ago

      Whoa! Watermelon-eatin' polar bear!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Wow! Lots of information here :) Thanks for your hard work! Congrats!

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      sujaysen 5 years ago

      Great lens on Polar Bear.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @bag: Keep in mind that the polar bear populations have been increasing rapidly in recent decades due to hunting restrictions. Also, there are 19 subpopulations of polar bears and not all are increasing. In fact...

      "At the 2009 meeting of the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group, scientists reported that of the 19 subpopulations* of polar bears:

      8 are declining.

      3 are stable.

      1 is increasing.

      By comparison, in 2005:

      5 were declining.

      5 were stable.

      2 were increasing.

      *Insufficient data to determine the fate of the other 7 populations"

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @bag: Said better by Polar Bears International...

      It's important to note that scientists lack historical data on polar bear numbersâthey have only rough estimates. But we do know that polar bear populations dropped sharply due to over-harvesting in the 1960s. When restrictions on polar bear harvests were imposed in the early 1970s, polar bear populations rebounded. But polar bears now face an entirely different problemâthe loss of their sea-ice habitatâand to say that their total numbers are increasing is simply not true."

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      Wow, lots of good info and pics. I love the polar bear embryo one. High 5!

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      NuMil3Design 5 years ago

      I think eating relatively small amounts of polar bear liver can kill a person, due to vitamin A toxicity.

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      unbelievably wonderful story and education. I absolutely loved this. Congratulations on your purple star and LOTD. Well deserved!!! Blessed!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @NuMil3Design: Yes, it is highly toxic to humans.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      Hello all, Thanks for all of the kind words and congratulations on the LOTD. This lens is a labor of love. I will be visiting each of you as soon as I can. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Frankster, congratulations on LOTD. You really know your stuff on polar bears. I was particularly interested in the Inuit beliefs and find them a fascinating people. Excellent lens, so professional!

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      kwhiting644 lm 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens. congrats on lotd.

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      kismetsc 5 years ago

      Wow, this is a wonderful page! I learned a lot of facts I didn't know. I didn't realize that polar bears are the largest carnivores in the world.

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      efriedman 5 years ago

      Excellent lens - great topic. Polar bears are fascinating, and you clearly have a great connection to them. I will enjoy exploring your other polar bear lenses. And congratulations on LOTD.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The voting plexos are working here today, finally! 48 overall, W00t!!!

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      Liz Mackay 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations on LotD. If you believe in evolution, why do you want to save the bears? If they are in danger of extinction surely that means they are not the fittest and therefore should not survive.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Great information on polar bears.

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      LadyCharlie 5 years ago

      Great Lens and Thank you...Congrats on LOTD!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @LizMac60: I would agree if man wasn't the cause of at least 4 of the 5 major factors affecting polar bears (and some would argue it's 5 out of 5). The 5 factors are: (1) habitat loss, (2) destruction and degradation of ecosystems, (3) pollution, (4) over-exploitation and (5) climate change. Humans are the fittest evidently with all our technology and weapons, however, we are the ones who are killing off the animals of the world, one-by-one. Does that sound like we are really the fittest or merely the most oblivious to the other creatures of the world? Humans kill animals just because they are in our way, an inconvenience. Some of us are trying to change this pattern of "kill anything that gets in our way or is inconvenient."

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      Thanks again for all of the wonderful comments and kudos! Bear hugs, Frankster

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      LTZoomer 5 years ago

      We have to protect these marine mammals. Wonderful lens and great pictures.

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      seanjennin 5 years ago

      My favorite polar bear below... I sure do miss him, he was the greatest!

      Binky (1975 â July 20, 1995) was a polar bear who lived at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage. Found as an orphan on Alaska's North Slope, he was taken to the zoo and quickly became one of its most popular attractions. He became a local hero and received international news coverage after mauling two zoo visitors in separate incidents in 1994

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      CarynJSwift56889 5 years ago

      i like polar bears, they are lovely

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      Serj 5 years ago

      Cool lens, can't believe a whole watermelon fits in his mouth!

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      christopherlee lm 5 years ago

      Really cute bear pics.

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      TheJanjan 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens - will be back

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      imaginationrunswild 5 years ago

      This is a great lens. Well worth coming back for another look, or two.

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      Pnorway 5 years ago

      I like large animals. The bear is very cute.

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      bikerchickie 5 years ago

      Thanks for making me PBA (Polar Bear Aware)!

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      wayne_luvinlife 5 years ago

      my little girl loves polar bears...she and I both enjoyed your lense...thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think Polar Bears are awesome. I think it's great that you are an ambassador for Polar Bers International. When my husband and I visited New York (Manhattan) in 2009 we went to the zoo in Central Park. They had a Polar Bear in captivity. The enclosure was large and it was great to be able to see this magnificent creature in the flesh but it was also sad that this creature was in the middle of New York rather than in its natural habitat. This is just an observation. It may have been there for a perfectly good reason but it still seemed out of place and rather sad.

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      cstoll 5 years ago

      You have an awesome lens! I did not realize that I bear-ly knew anything about polar bears. Your lens was informative and cute, and I love that you donate to a charity for polar bears.

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      EmmaCooper LM 5 years ago

      Great lens! and such a shame about Knut :(

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      Srena44 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      allialso 5 years ago

      I am amazed that you can swim safely with polar bears - it seems counter to everything that I thought I knew about them - it must be an amazing experience.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @allialso: You can only swim with them because of the very, very thick glass that is between you and them like at zoos. But it does look amazing doesn't it? I am looking forward to doing it one day.

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      HeatherTodd1 5 years ago

      Great post...Thanks

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      BryanLSC 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Wonderful job! You must have loved Polar Bears very very much! Very informative!

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I'm MUCH more polar bear aware now that I've been here. I've seen these amazing animals in zoos, but I can't imagine seeing them in their natural habitat. Well, at least I can look at these incredible photos. Beautiful lens! *Blessed by an angel on the "Back to School Bus Trip."

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      renstar lm 5 years ago

      Nice Polar Bear Lens

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      TollysWorld 5 years ago

      Very interesting and a very worthwhile subject, thanks.

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      shivnagsudhakar 5 years ago

      good work

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      jaredsgirl 5 years ago

      Great lens! Very informative! Thanks for sharing.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I just had to return to this wonderful lens. You have added some great content! Congratulations on your purple star!!

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      scaguy 5 years ago

      interesting site. has inclined me to do more reading on polar bears. Thanks.

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      Mia Carter 5 years ago from SW Florida

      Wow! Tons of great info here. Really well done!

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      dexter yarbroug1 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed learning about polar bears! Thanks!

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      AsaGislason 5 years ago

      Very informative and fun to read. The swimming with polar bears got my attention. It must be great to get so close to this magnificent creature⦠even if glass is (wisely) in between. Thanks

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      Noelle and Dan 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Good info. Thanks.

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      polar bear are best..............

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      Staceysk 5 years ago

      Love the live cams. Such a beautiful animal.

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      RedHotDesign 5 years ago

      How awesome! Well written lens!! Thx for sharing, just love this!!

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      carcamping lm 5 years ago

      This is a great lens on polar bears. So much information in here!

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Love polar bears! Your lens is top notch!

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      whitewarhorse88 5 years ago

      Interesting enough polar bears are new to me

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      HeatherTodd1 5 years ago

      This is really great post..Nice

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      HeatherTodd1 5 years ago

      This is really great post..Nice

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow What a Wonderful and informative Lens! Absolutely we have to be Polar Bear Aware! I just love the title. Polar Bears are such beautiful creatures, and I do hope people become more aware of climate changes in general (not speaking about the green movement, but simple the Earths movement and rotation, which will always change our nature). Thank You for this Great Lens!

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      A lens well deserving of 3rd place in the pet/animal category! Well done!

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      333ideas 5 years ago

      I believe that education of wildlife and habbitate is so important. I appreciate your page. I would love for you to take a look at mine and let me know what you think, please. www.squidoo.com/anything-to-save-a-buck

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      BillSimmons 5 years ago

      These are such cute animals!

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      travelbroad 5 years ago

      I love bear hugs but not from real bears because that would be deadly lol but still, the imagery of those beautiful creatures giving you a hug just gives you the warm fuzzies.

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      FingerfoodJewelry 5 years ago

      This is a lot of polar bear information. I certainly learnt a lot visiting this page.

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      BrandonSharp 5 years ago

      Very informative and timely lens. Unfortunately polar bears along with numerous other animals have their very existence threatened by the carelessness of man.

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      privresearch 5 years ago

      this is really detailed lens! I Love it! I learned a lot of things about polar bears

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      finalfantasyxvi 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      rbarfield1980 5 years ago

      I love these animals and this was a great lens on them. This was actually better that the National Geographics version! Keep up the good work!

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      HaroutA 5 years ago

      What you are doing here is very nice and yes I am polar bear aware now haha!

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      RosemaryLucas 5 years ago

      Fabulous pictures and lens. I love the one with the husky.

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      HeatherTodd1 5 years ago

      Great post.

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      This is a great leans. Never read so much on polar bears in one website before.

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      Jim Sterling 5 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      Incredible lens, thank you.

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      NicholasLore 5 years ago

      Thanks for this -- looks like an uphill battle to save them.

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      BlueTrane 5 years ago

      Fantastic pictures! Amazing animals!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Been to Churchill, seen the bears at San Diego Zoo, collect cuddly poleys and postcards of the bears from all over the world. Love this lens, thank you. Have linked to it on my own lens about the white bears.

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      kortiz 5 years ago

      love the post

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      seomozgi 5 years ago

      I love bears, thanks for photos

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      jamesntx 5 years ago

      Nice post. My wife works for coke and they do some good stuff for polar bears.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love this I couldn't do the quizz they wouldn't work I am sorry about your blog that has happened to me before

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      davida007anderson 5 years ago

      Polar bears were listed as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in 2008 due to sea-ice declines and dwindling populations.

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      wonderful lens!!!!

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      Exulted 5 years ago

      Very Extensive lens, me gusta polar bears....

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      Atomika07 5 years ago

      what an amazing lens!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love this lens!

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      TheGreenHornet 5 years ago

      cool facts! Polar bears are really aggressive too. I remember an episode of Survivorman where he was stalked by one. A+

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      bames24 lm 5 years ago

      great lens... I have always wanted to be able to see Polar Bears live.. wonderful lens you have here... :)

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      autofanatic 5 years ago

      Sorry to hear you blog was hacked. I love watching the polar bears at the San Diego Zoo. Always great fun to see them play.

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      wonderfully in-depth and informative site.

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      nursecraft 5 years ago

      My only contact with polar bears was at a zoo, but I am very interested in the protection of this species. Your lens is chock full of interesting material! I covered it from one end to the other!

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      GGGMarketing 5 years ago

      Hey Frankie! This is a wonderful squidoo lens. I can tell you really put a lot of thought into the design of this. You have some remarkable images. Lots of good info about Polar bears and just bears in general. I enjoyed reading and learning more about them. Thanks a lot for adding such a great lens to the squidoo community. Every lensmaster should see this to learn how to do a great lens. Thanks again.

      Cheers!

      Gary @ Naples SEO

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      Sara Krentz 5 years ago from USA

      So much fascinating information - great lens!

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      Jeimuzu-san 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens. I like to see that half of the money is being donated to help these creatures and i hope that you're able to raise a lot for them!

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      josephpowell519 5 years ago

      This is a very interesting and informative.

      I'd appreciate it if you could go onto my page and leave feedback on ways to improve and what you like, thanks.

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      mizzburdette 5 years ago

      sooo precious :(

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      pearltower 5 years ago

      I'm glad people are doing something to raise awareness about the environment and animals. Good lens!

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      This is a great lens! I didn't know the Inuit legend about polar bears. It was interesting to read.

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      Rebeljohn 5 years ago

      This is some really Beary good info i really enjoyed it thanks for shearing it

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      DeannaDiaz 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I have learned a lot here about how to make my lenses better! Thank you for doing a lens that will help raise awareness for the polar bears.

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      Adrijan 5 years ago

      Great lens, thanks

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      athena2011 5 years ago

      Great lens. I have seen on TV the problem of the polar bear's environment disappearing putting them in danger of extinction. This is such a sad reality that I hope something can be done to help them, and fast. They're adorable.Gave you a Squidlike.

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      mrkensworld 5 years ago

      Hi Frankie, great lens I had to revisit here as it really makes me smile, thanks..

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      ptnjust007 5 years ago

      great lens, really good job

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      Tracy Smith 5 years ago from Maryville, TN

      So nice of you for donating to help the polar Bears.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Wonderful pictures with such interesting facts about polar bears-great lens! :>)

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Your lens came up on the sidebar of my polar bear lens, so I had to check it out. These creatures are so wonderful and I don't want to think we could be facing a future without them. Appreciate your work here.

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      Michele Marie Burke 5 years ago

      Great lens! Your covered so much so well. Thanks for all your efforts to educate us on polar bears.

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      VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      BenJacklin LM 5 years ago

      great lens, I've learned a lot about polar bears here!

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      MarilynImanse 5 years ago

      Awesome!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Great Lens! Who doesn't love polar bears.

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      Ann Scaling Tucker 5 years ago from Enid, OK

      This is a fantastic lens. I do need to come back and reread some of it. My grandson is messing with my concentration.

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      Margaret Schaut 5 years ago from Detroit

      Still an amazing page Frankie!

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      kevingomes13 lm 5 years ago

      Is it bad that this lens makes me want a coke? All kidding aside the pup pictures are cute.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love polar bears!!

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      lunagaze 5 years ago

      beautiful lens just thinking about this topic makes me want to cry though

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      infiniti99 lm 5 years ago

      I'm now polar bear aware.Just an absolutely awesome lens.Hackers be damned.

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      mel-kav 5 years ago

      Great lens - pictures are beautiful. I so hope we can save this wonderful animal. I will definitely come back to visit once the Hacker thing is taken care of. Good luck.

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      I learn a lot about polar bear..thanks for sharing it!

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      wilfredpadilla 5 years ago

      Now, I am aware of it!

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Woe. Nice bear. It's beautiful!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice u'r lens,, :)

      like back,, please.. :)

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these stuff on polar bears! Great Lens!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      it's too cold up there in the north pole.

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      HomeschooledKid1 4 years ago

      Polar bears are so COOL! I love this lens, and I always thought bears were interesting animals. Great job on this lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A lot of important information on this lens.

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      sarita 4 years ago from Hisar

      Awesome lens. Thanks for sharing it with us..

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      AlphaChic 4 years ago

      Very thorough. Thanks for sharing.

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      missyjanette 4 years ago

      nice

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      AJ 4 years ago from Australia

      Polar bears are such magnificent creatures. I love your photographs and especially the embryo - life is miraculous. Blessings.

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      ziasmith 4 years ago

      Before, I thought I have so many things I knew about polar bears but reading your lens I realized that I have so many things that I have not know yet about this creature. Great write-up! Lens shared and voted.

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      futurefocus57 4 years ago

      I can sleep in any position, too...great lens. I love these bears.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thought I's stop by to see our Polar Bears on Squidoo again.

      Must be a glitch because several photos are not showing. ~ BearHug! :)

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      ljclark 4 years ago

      My daughter and I adore the information and pictures of the polar bears. I would love to see one in real life one day!

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      bwet 4 years ago

      wow... love the detailed information about polar bears!. liked and i really hope to see one in the wild in my lifetime. :)

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      Ribolov LM 4 years ago

      Nice lens, with a lot of good infomration. Thnx for sharing!

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      candleandblue 4 years ago

      You have researched this fantastically, thank you so much. Amazing animals

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      rusjal 4 years ago

      don't let this animal perish, how would be?

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      trendydad 4 years ago

      great lens on polar bears...love this one

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      nata86 4 years ago

      children are very cute polar bear

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      Lisa Morris 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed learning more about the polar bear. Blessings.

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      CameronPoe 4 years ago

      I love these pictures. Polar bears and bears, in general, are so cute, you just want to hug them. At your own risk, of course.

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      CuriousCraig2 4 years ago

      There seems to be a lot more to polar bears than a thought! Forget reading Wikipedia. THIS is the page to visit for your polar bear info.

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      sojourner-1 4 years ago

      People need more awaresness about polar bears-thanks for a great lens

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      aiclogcabins 4 years ago

      Lovely animals and some very interesting facts, thank you and well done on your lens

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      Deborah Swain 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      absolutely stunning lens, exhaustive research...

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @Deborah Swain: Thank you. It's been a labor of love.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Beautiful and informative lens. Unfortunately, many of your modules with photos are not loading roperly.

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @GeorgeneMBramlage: Yes. I'm working on that problem. Hackers killed my blog where most of the photos were cached.

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      MyBabyBoo 4 years ago

      Awesome lens, nicely done!

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      HomeDecorKnight 4 years ago

      We should be more aware about polar bear to keep their existence. This is a very informative lens. Thanks for sharing this good lens.

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      HomeDecorKnight 4 years ago

      We should be more aware about polar bear to keep their existence. This is a very informative lens. Thanks for sharing this good lens.

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      Noveliaa 4 years ago

      Excellent lens! Squidlike

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Thank you for making this lens. And warm polar bear hugs back to you. I enjoyed this lens. It taught me a lot about polar bears. You have a lot of very interesting information here.

      TonyB

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      karen-stephens 4 years ago

      We spent time in Churchill, MB. EVERYONE should go there. The best time is in August because the polar bears are slow..(they cannot run and eat you and yes, they do have armed people to protect you in town.. these animals are cute but they are born killers!) .. also August you can see thousands and thousands of beluga whales in the bay. Oh and of course the night sky. WOW. thanks for the lens and best wishes.. Angel Blessings xxo

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @karen-stephens: Thank you. I went in November and would go again in a heart beat if I have the funds. August sounds great too. Thank you for the angel blessings. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Save the polar bears! Man is their worst enemy. Liked!

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      ricber 4 years ago

      I feel like Iâm constantly looking for interesting things to read about a variety of subjects, but I manage to include your blog among my reads every day because you have compelling entries that I look forward to. Hereâs hoping thereâs a lot more amazing Polar Bear material coming!

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      rudhushudu 4 years ago

      Polar bears are beautiful animals and we should strive to save them.

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I didn't do too badly on the quiz- I already knew some about them by watching lots of BBC nature programs! Love polar bears, so beautiful!!

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @ismeedee: Thanks for the kudos and for the visit. Love to hear other people love polar bears too. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      Suunnyy 4 years ago

      Amazing lens! Also loved the quiz, I've learned a lot about polar bears here. Thanks for making such a wonderful lens and keep the great work :)

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      Great lens. Aced the test too. It helps being Canadian & having visited Churchill!!

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @GardenerDon: Lucky you to have visited Churchill. I was there in November 2010. Saved for over 3 years to make it happen. It was a once in a lifetime trip for me. I loved everything about it. Thanks for the visit. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Lovely lens

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      Jogalog 3 years ago

      I would love to watch polar bears one day. They are so dangerous though so I would be very nervous of the experience too.

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      inagreement1 lm 3 years ago

      I love animals to.

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      inagreement1 lm 3 years ago

      @Jogalog: I would love to swim with one

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      seodress 3 years ago

      Love Polar Bear.

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      Good to see you here on hubpages. Adding to my animal rescue list.

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      Launch Business in Delhi 2 years ago

      I certainly agree to some points that you have discussed on this post. I appreciate that you have shared some reliable tips on this review.

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