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13 animals of the Arctic

Polar bear on an iceberg

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Polar bear

The polar bear is also known by the names "nanook," "nanuq," "ice bear," "sea bear" and "isbj," according to the U.S. [skipwords]Fish[/skipwords] and Wildlife Service. These majestic white bears are listed as "threatened" and protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Their diet consists primarily of seals, and because of this, they live in mostly coastal areas.