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Is it true that Polar Bears have black skin under their white fur?

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Yes, it is true. The thick fur insulates the body of the polar bear against the extreme cold of its arctic environment but polar bears actually have transparent, hollow hairs called guard hairs. These clear-colored, air-filled guard hairs help transmit heat from the sunlight to their black skin as a solar heat collector. Their guard hairs are waterproof, so they also help keep the polar bear warmer when it is in water.

Reflection of the sunlight from the transparent hairs makes polar bears appear white, in the same way as reflection of the sunlight makes snow and ice look white. The dense fur completely hides the black skin underneath, which absorbs the heat energy from sunlight plenty of light still passes through the transparent hairs.

The black skin is hidden from view and it is also prevented from emitting any heat energy back out from the polar bear's body. If you tried to photograph a polar bear with a thermal imaging camera, all you would see is the stream of breath coming out of its mouth. It is so well insulated, it just doesn't show up.
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Yes polar bears do have black skin and white fur
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No its not true.
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Yes it is true that the polar bear has black skin under its white fur.
I found out on the internet there was only a few that discussed there wasent. They even said it on a wildlife tv program,
so,,
IN YOUR FACE!!
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Technicly.. The fur isn't so white.. Its translucent or whatever and the suns pigments make it look whiter than it really is, the purpose for this is camoflage! You..
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You duh you dudes r so dum if you think ronger de do have da black sin & wite fr k g2g bi!
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As a matter of fact, it is not,
a lot of people tend to thing that light reflects off of them and they turn white but they don't,
they are actually always white.

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