Arctic icon. White fur hides them. This and blubber warm them. Large, rough paws let them swim, ice-walk, and hunt. Land-born, they reside on Arctic sea ice.

Polar Bear

Caribou are another Arctic animal. Long, hollow hairs have a dense undercoat. Caribou swim buoyed by their fur. Northern animals have whiter fur.


The walrus is an important Arctic mammal. This keystone species is crucial to a balanced ecology. Much of this weight is blubber, which keeps them warm and is used for energy.


Arctic Hares are solitary but will snuggle to share body heat. They burrow to stay warm and conceal. They eat woody plants, lichens, twigs, & roots. Their longevity is 1 to 5 yrs.

Arctic Hare

When alarmed, slow moose charge. Wolves, tigers, bears hunt moose. Snow depth determines habitat. Deep snow slows them, but no snow simplifies chasing.


Short wings enhance herring and plankton catch. They can carry many fish to feed their chicks. It helps them avoid seagulls. Atlantic, horned, and tufted puffins exist.


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.

Snowy Owls

Lemmings eat moss/grass. Flat claws dig for snow-buried food and roots. They hibernate in snow caves. However, foxes and owls may hear them.


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.

Ringed Seal 

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