Today, the Huffington Post reported that polar bear carcasses washed up on the island of Colonsay in Scotland and immediately blamed it on #Climate Change. Except they were wrong. The corpses found on three separate beaches on the Scottish isle in August were actually something completely different.

And while no one could confidently say what they were, the white pelts that remained after months of decomposing convinced some locals they were a polar bear family that somehow ended up 1,400 miles from home.

After marine experts had a chance to examine the corpses, they said they are most likely dead whales. Prior to scientific analysis, global warming alarmists chimed in and championed the false narrative that declining Arctic sea ice was decimating polar bears.

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But Arctic bears are actually thriving and Arctic sea ice, which is always at its lowest this time of year, is already forming as winter rolls in.

‘They are not polar bears’

Nick Davidson, who works at the government-funded Marine Animal Strandings Scheme, said they were actually either a whale or dolphin. Locals that inspected the corpses closely thought a family of polar bears got stranded on an ice floe before drowning and washing up on shore. But these ursine creatures have leg bones, and these carcasses had none.

Davidson said, “They are not polar bears. They are the remains of another species— cetaceans. Most likely a minke or pilot whale, given the size.” He said that when a mass of blubber decomposes, strands form and they look like fur.

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“There are no legs and no skin…and the head shape is wrong,” he added.

Rotted blubber

They plan to send pictures of the interior bones to the National Museums of Scotland for positive identification of what sort of marine animal it is: a pilot or minke whale, dolphin, or a large porpoise. Because the corpses were covered in debris and reeked of rotting flesh, nobody approached them. Until now. From a distance, the stranded blubber appears like white fur.

Since discovering them in August, the debris has blown away and revealed a coat of white pelt. That led locals to assume they were polar bears. It’s extremely rare for polar bears to get swept off to sea on an ice floe as they are adept swimmers who can go for hours without a break. Despite all the alarm about global warming causing polar bears to disappear, their populations are actually booming.

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Polar bears use the springtime to do most of their feeding and this year the hunting was plentiful, writes zoologist Susan Crockford on her site Polar Bear #Science. She also wonders if a #Donald Trump presidency will rightfully remove the polar bear from the Endangered Species List. Dr. Crockford notes that activists successfully got polar bears listed using failed sea ice models and unproven assumptions about summer sea ice.

Crockford points out that Arctic bear populations are at an all-time high compared to the 1960s, and are not threatened with extinction. She writes that there have been “no continuous population declines, no range contractions, and no loss of subpopulations.”

Just as the left-leaning news outlet Huffington Post rushed to publish an erroneous finding to support the global warming narrative, Crockford says this “misrepresentation of facts” by the media and researchers may backfire as badly as the mainstream media’s prediction of the U.S. election’s outcome.