POLAR BEARS GET THEIR OWN BOATS

PlanetWideNews–October 14, 2015   by T.R. Dasum What’s 60-feet long, motorized, chases seals, and has a polar bear at the helm? The answer is not a joke. It’s a POBMAV (Polar Bear Maritime Assist Vehicle), the newest attempt to help polar bears. “Polar bears’ shrinking habitat is causing them to spend more time swimming in open water with no rest, finding less food, dying from exhaustion and inching toward extinction,” said Rudolph Crest, the naturalist/inventor who created the POBMV concept. “We wanted to find a way for polar bears to expand their hunting grounds and habitat.” Crest said a POBMAV is essentially a hunting boat for polar bears. It’s equipped with drone-boat guidance technology, allowing it to navigate to known polar bear habitats on its own. Once there, it emits the smell of seals, polar bear’s favorite food, and the sounds of seals barking. Bears swim up to the POBMAV, which is designed to be easy for bears to jump up on to, and they board with little hesitation, looking for the source of the seal barking and seal smells. Once enough bears are aboard, the ship automatically heads toward fertile hunting grounds at a faster speed than polar bears can swim. This way bears can reach areas that are much too far away for them to swim to. “When we started the project, we asked ourselves if polar bears would stay on a moving boat, and would they share the space with other bears,” explained Crest. “The answer to both questions is a resounding yes.” “We found that polar bears aren’t bothered by being on a moving boat,” Crest continued. “They instinctively...