Sea World's Polar Bear Shores is the only exhibit in Australia where you can see the world's largest land carnivore up close, and one that provides a unique educational experience that assists, through a wider public awareness, the conservation effort of this perfectly adapted marine mammal.
At Polar Bear Shores you can observe the bear's graceful underwater swimming and playful behaviours through large underwater viewing windows and learn about these massive marine mammals through detailed information boards and fascinating interpretive information. With a cascading waterfall and a winding creek, a large main pool that is up to four metres deep to encourage deep and shallow diving, an array of climbing outcrops, fallen trees, shrubs and other structures and a strategically placed rock platform enabling long distance viewing across the exhibit and beyond, Polar Bear Shores is a naturalistic environment which aims to constantly stimulate the bears.
From the ancient cave bears evolved the Brown bear; Ursus arctos, the American black bear; Ursus americanus and the Asiatic black bear; Selenarctos thibetanus. From the Brown bear evolved the newest species of bear (only 20,000 years old) the Polar bear; Ursus maritimus. The Polar bear is the heaviest, weighing up to 680 kilograms but its narrow silhouette, well adapted for swimming, make it appear smaller than the longer and more robust brown bear. Males of all bear species are usually larger than the female, sometimes as much as 50% larger.