Recently I was playing a quiz and a question was asked about the color of the fur coat of a polar bear. To my surprise the answer was black. I thought it was yellowish white or creamy. Why so ?


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The fur coats of polar bears are in fact clear tubes - not white fur as is often believed. It is their skin that is black, to absorb the most warmth from the sun (and the clear tubes allow the majority of the light to pass through to the skin).

I recently watched the BBC's Frozen Planet TV series (with David Attenborough), where I heard the above answer. If you haven't already, I recommend watching it.

  • $\begingroup$ Also the tubular hairs, like a hollofil padding, are better insulators than solid hairs so they keep more heat in the bear. $\endgroup$
    – matt
    Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 8:42

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