What Do Polar Bears Eat?

Polar Bears are Carnivores

This means they are meat eaters.

About their Diet:

Polar bears need to eat massive amounts to satisfy their enormous size. They have a high fat diet and rely on their prey as a source of water since most of the available water is frozen from the Arctic’s cold temperatures.

When food sources are limited, polar bears will turn to any animal they can get, including rodents, reindeer, or seabirds.

Polar Bear Food:

  • Seals
  • Walruses
  • Whales
  • Plants
  • Vegetation
  • Narwhales

Do Polar Bears Eat Fish?

Interestingly enough, polar bears do not catch and eat fish, as most Arctic fish swim at very deep depths and polar bears are not divers.

Do polar bears eat reindeer?

Polar bears feed mostly on seals (ringed and bearded), however, when seals are unavailable, they will eat almost any animal, including reindeer. 

What is a polar bear's favorite food?

Ringed seals!

Food Cycle in the Arctic

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How much?

Polar Bear stomachs can hold 15-20% of its total body weight to prepare for hibernating when they don’t eat anything at all. A polar bear can go 8 full days without eating if they consume a seal weighing 121 pounds.

Main Sources of Food

Their diet consists mainly of ringed and bearded seals, occasionally consuming harp, hooded, or ribbon seals. They kill up to 44% of all newborn seals every year.

If you want to learn more about how polar bears hunt seals, click the hunting category below!

What do baby polar bears eat?

Baby polar bears drink their mother’s fat-rish milk for 30 months. Mother polar bears producce hihgly fat-saturated milk at about 33%, while human milk is about 5% fat.

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