For a creature that is so good at acting like a typical bear on land, the polar bear is surprisingly great at acting like a fish in the water as well.
Polar bears are very strong swimmers and have been spotted swimming as far as 200 miles from land.
They use a “doggie paddle” approach to propel themselves through the icy waters of the Arctic Circle.
With the use of their huge paws, polar bears can swim up to 6 mph. To put this speed in perspective, Michael Phelps’s fastest time is 6 mph.
So if you’re not Michael Phelps, you cannot win in a swimming race against a polar bear.
And if you are Michael Phelps, you will probably tie the polar bear, even on your best day.
Also good to note: while polar bears prefer to hunt on land, they are also capable of doing it in the water.
So to sum up, if you don’t like losing races to huge marine mammals, and/or you don’t like being hunted in the water, don’t swim with polar bears.