Secret population of polar bears found in seemingly impossible habitat | Panda Anku

Researchers have discovered a new polar bear population in Greenland. (Credit: Kristin Laidre/University of Washington)

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A secret population of polar bears in Greenland has been discovered in a seemingly impossible habitat – one that for most of the year lacks the floating platforms of sea ice that the beasts use to hunt. The unusual group, which scientists once thought were part of another nearby population, has been hiding from view for hundreds of years.

The bears live on the steep slopes surrounding fjords — long and narrow coastal inlets where glaciers meet the ocean — and hunt on a patchwork of glacial ice that breaks up in these inlets. The new discovery suggests that some polar bearsat least, can potentially adapt to the disappearance of sea ice climate change worsening, the study suggests.

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