Why do polar bears have clear fur if dark colors absorb heat?

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A polar bear's skin is black and the fur is actually transparent. The fur lets light through to the skin where it can be absorbed. Besides, for a lot of the year there isn't enough sunlight to be of much use WRT to keeping warm. White is camouflage, and warm, and there's a layer of blubber below. That's a better way of keeping warm in polar regions.
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Why do polar bears have white fur?

Polar bears do not have white fur, but semi-transparent fur. The polar bear's fur seems colourless and for many years, scientists worked on the theory that the individual hair

What color is polar bears fur?

The color of a polar bear's fur can vary. Colors vary from pure white, to a yellow-like hue. The outer hair is clear. (their skin is black) The fur, which appears to be wh

How can Polar Bears have clear fur?

Polar bear skin is black and the fur is actually clear, lacking in pigment. The white appearance is the result of light being refracted from the clear hair strands.

Why do dark colors absorb more heat?

Dark objects absorb more heat because they are absorbing all othercolors of light. The more light that is absorbed, the more heatthat will be absorbed as well since light is e

Do plar bears have clear fur?

Yes, it's the refraction of light that causes the fur to appear white

Why do polar bears have different fur color than other bears?

Since Polar bears live in arctic climates surrounded by ice and snow, over the years white fur was naturally selected in their population as a dominant trait that gave a compe

Do dark colors absorb heat?

Yes. All colors absorb heat. The quantity depends on which color. Darker colors absorb more heat than lighter colors because of differences in light wavelengths.

If dark colors absorb heat so well then why is a polar bear white?

Polar bears fur is actually clear. The hair of a polar bear looks white because the color white becomes visible to our eyes when an object reflects back all of the visible wav

Can polar bear fur change colors?

No.