Ursus maritimus (artist’s conception).

Polar Bear. The fur of a polar bear is actually transparent, not white. The polar bears we see in zoological parks appear to be white only because they are standing in front of matte paintings of white bears, provided by the zoos’ backdrop artists to show what polar bears would look like if they were visible.

Published in: on November 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Wouldn’t we just see their skin?

    • No. Because the skin is black. So if you remove the paintings the bears would be invisible due to the black background.

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