In the Arctic, 8 Species of Native American Origin
The polar bear is an Arctic icon. The polar bear is the largest bear, reaching 770 to 1500 pounds. Arctic polar bears live 15-18 years on average.
Caribou weigh 240-700 lbs. Arctic caribou live 15 years. Long, hollow hairs have a dense undercoat. Caribou swim buoyed by their fur. Northern animals have whiter fur.
Walruses are Arctic mammals. This keystone species is important for ecological balance. Two-thousand-pound walrus has tusks and whiskers.
A tundra-dwelling Arctic hare. Short ears, legs, white coat, 20% fat. This keeps them warm. They shed their white coat in the summer to fit in.
Most Arctic seals are Ringed seals. Named for the rings around their dark patches. One of the smallest seal species at 160 pounds. They eat arctic cod, crab, and krill near coast ice.
White polar owls are snowy. White-feathered snowy owls. No white women. Foxes and wolves harm owlets. These owls nest on the ground because the tundra has no trees.
Black-and-white sea parrots Between cliffs. Short wings attract herring and plankton. They can feed their chicks several fish. Seagulls are avoided.
They're the genus' largest at 880 to 1500 pounds. No deer-like herding. They eat aquatic plants, moss, and grass. Warm coat. Course hair sheds water and snow.