02 March 2011

Ten photos from Animal Planet's 'Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice' documentary

Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice follows polar bear moms Aesa and Svanna as they lead their cubs on a journey across the Arctic islands of Svalbard in Norway. While filming the documentary, specially designed spy cameras were used to capture the gorgeous animals up close in their natural setting.
Narrated by Novella Nelson (The Last Airbender, 30 Rock) and composed by Will Gregory of the pop group Goldfrapp and Richard Fiocca of the miniseries Life, Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice presents viewers with an enchanting look at the daily life of two very special polar bear families and the other bears they encounter along their journey.

While the cameras, dubbed Iceberg-cam, Blizzard-cam and Snow-cam, 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, not only reveal the intense curiosity of the world’s largest land carnivore, but also their extreme intelligence.

Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice premieres Thursday, March 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

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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.

Photo credit: Animal Planet/BBC