"What we have for this bear is actually a very beautiful profile of data that is very rare for any sort of wildlife, including polar bears," Durner said. "And it allowed us to tell a story about this animal, and what she did, and what sort of conditions she may have experienced."
She appears to have swum in an arc north and then northeast from the Beaufort Sea coast for nine days before reaching an ice floe. "She was able to get on the surface of the sea ice for a couple of days and then she went swimming again for another day. So really, she swam for 10 days, but nine days of it was sequentially," Durner said.