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Gallery: Stunning Photos of Polar Bears in the Arctic

  • Swimming Polar Bear

    polar bears swimming
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    CREDIT: Paul Nicklen | National Geographic Stock | World Wildlife Fund
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    CREDIT: Paul Nicklen | National Geographic Stock | World Wildlife Fund
  • polar bears swimming
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    CREDIT: Magnus Andersen | World Wildlife Fund
  • Polar Bears

    polar bears swimming
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    CREDIT: World Wildlife Fund
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    CREDIT: Sindre Kinnerod | World Wildlife Fund
  • polar bears swimming
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    CREDIT: Eric Regehr | World Wildlife Fund
  • A swim?

    A polar bear gazes at the open water in the Arctic Ocean. Image taken during an Arctic Research Office-Ocean Exploration cruise in 2003 to the Chukchi Plateau.
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    CREDIT: Kathy Crane, NOAA Arctic Research Program
  • Biggest bears

    polar bear in the arctic ocean
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    CREDIT: Kathy Crane, NOAA Arctic Research Program
  • Suited for Ice

    polar bear in the arctic
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    CREDIT: Kathy Crane, NOAA Arctic Research Program
  • Standing tall

    polar bear in the arctic standing on two legs
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    CREDIT: Kathy Crane, NOAA Arctic Research Program
The rapid loss of sea ice is forcing polar bears to go for longer swims, according to research.

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