And by polar bears, we mean the human Coney Island Polar Bear Club, of course! The intrepid Homo sapiens will be taking their New Year's dip today at 1PM.

The Coney Island Polar Bears, who have been around since 1903, has partnered with Camp Sunshine for this year's swim - you can pledge money to the Bears and Camp Sunshine here. The Polar Bears also have a FAQ that answers questions about their habits, like "Are you folks nuts?" and "Isn't it cold", too.

A crop of a fabulous panoramic photograph by Benzadrine from last year's Polar Bear January 1, 2006 swim