A male polar bear runs toward the photographer with only one thing on his mind—food! It is amazing to see these huge bears accelerate to top speed, approx. 18mph. You may be an artist, a poet, a great scientist, a fine all-round human being, but to a polar bear, you are meat. Do not try to run away from a polar bear. They can outrun a human. Seeing an animal fleeing from them arouses their instincts to chase.