Submerged
Polar Bears

Polar Bears swim in the open sea. Their body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice, and open water.
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Head Above Water
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San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Monday 28 February 2011)
(Photo taken 11:08:58 Wednesday 13 October 2010)
© 2011 Bryan Costales
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The polar bear exhibit at the San Diego Zoo featured huge window looking into their tank. Here the bear had just surfaced for a brief breath of air.


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Totally Submerged
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San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Monday 28 February 2011)
(Photo taken 11:09:04 Wednesday 13 October 2010)
© 2011 Bryan Costales
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This polar bear at the San Diego zoo curled as he submerged almost into a fetal position.


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Swam And Exhaled Bubbles
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San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Monday 28 February 2011)
(Photo taken 11:09:08 Wednesday 13 October 2010)
© 2011 Bryan Costales
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This polar bear at the San Diego zoo began to swim under water. It exhaled a few bubbles as it swam.


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Rock As Ice
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San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Monday 28 February 2011)
(Photo taken 11:09:09 Wednesday 13 October 2010)
© 2011 Bryan Costales
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An artificial rock that jutted out over the surface of the water represented a large chunk of floating ice.


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Played With A Ball
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San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Monday 28 February 2011)
(Photo taken 11:09:52 Wednesday 13 October 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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Here the polar bear played with a ball under the water. In modern zoos, many animals enjoy playing with especially tough balls.


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Ursa Among Stars
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San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Monday 28 February 2011)
(Photo taken 11:09:53 Wednesday 13 October 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#TNT_9334


The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) among bubbles streaked by motion appeared the classic Ursa as in the constellations of Ursa Minor and Ursa Major external link.


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