30 December 2010

Watch as polar bears play with BBC spy cameras

While filming the BBC documentary Polar Bear: Spy on The Ice, specially designed spy cameras were used to capture the gorgeous animals up close in their natural setting. While the cameras were made to withstand arctic temperatures as low as -40° C, the disguised devices had another obstacle—the ever-curious polar bears.

The camouflaged cameras, dubbed Icebergcam, Blizzardcam and Snowballcam, not only reveal the intense curiosity of the world’s largest land carnivore, but also their extreme intelligence.

Polar Bear: Spy on The Ice, which was filmed mainly using spy cameras on the Arctic islands of Svalbard in Norway, is currently playing on BBC iPlayer in select locations.

Watch the polar bears:

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Daelyn is the co-founder and managing director of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to her work at TDIV, Daelyn homeschools her three daughters.

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