Tuesday, March 24, 2015
THE BARE TRUTH: POLAR BEAR SWIMS TO HIBERNIA!
I have heard a few tall tales in my day, but who would have believed that a polar bear would attempt to swim to, and board, the Hibernia Gravity Based Structure located 315 kilometers out in the North Atlantic Ocean.
In a news report destined for Ripley's Believe It or Not, a polar bear was spotted by a supply ship in the water near the GBS after a failed attempt to climb aboard the structure.
It is not uncommon for polar bears to land on the island portion of the province as pack ice conditions close to shore provide a hopping off point. Over the last couple of years there have been many polar bear warnings in coastal communities resulting in a few being shot dead. The bear is most likely part of the Davis Strait population which is not considered endangered.
According to Polar Bear Science, Polar bear habitat for the last week of March is well above average in eastern Canada for the second year in a row.
They may look all cute and cuddly in the Coke commercials but Polar bears are top of the food chain and are a fierce predator known to stalk humans.
Ironically, NASA is reporting that the cap of sea ice that spreads across the Arctic Ocean in winter appears to have been the smallest on record this year. CNN reported that not only was this year's maximum extent, reached on February 25, the smallest on the satellite record, it's also one of the earliest.
Only the Baffin Bay area and the waters around Newfoundland had more ice than normal this winter.
Posted by Peter L. Whittle