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Is this Snapple "Real Fact" for Real?

The cap said polar bears can smell a seal up to 20 miles away. I'm calling Bullshooters.

By Jeff Johnston


The Unbelievable “Fact:” I recently opened a bottle of Snapple iced tea, and while taking a long pull of the liquid goodness I read the underside of the cap.


It said: “Real Fact #744: Polar bears can smell a seal from 20 miles away.”


My bullshooter beacon went on high alert and I nearly lost my tea.


Twenty miles? My old bird dog was a dandy but if she was able to smell even half that far, she would’ve gone into scent-overload and died on the spot of bliss.


It seems unlikely to me. But since I’m no Eskimo or polar bear expert, I consulted one.


The Expert Deferral: James Holmes with the official State of Alaska Wildlife Info Center writes: “Polar bears are known as ‘a nose with legs’ when it comes to smelling prey. Yes, they can smell a seal up to 20 miles away.”


The Interesting By-Fact: “ … in addition, their nose can also be a problem for them. Since their nose is black, it can actually be seen from up to 6 miles away with binoculars. This makes it easier for hunters to spot them. They have also been documented covering their nose with their paw so they can’t be seen when sneaking up on seals.”


The Bullshooter’s Backtrack: Eh, crow tastes good if you pair it with the right red wine and throw the crow away. That's a fact.


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1 Response to Is this Snapple "Real Fact" for Real?

TERRYL wrote:
May 27, 2012

I'd heard that before, and I too thought it was fallacy. Thank you for your effort and info. By the way 'bullshooter beacon' is one of the funniest things I've read in a while. Hee haw