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31 December 2010

Strong, curious polar bears

Q: How do documentary film makers get their video footage?
A: As safely as possible, i.e., from far, far away.



Polar Bear: Spy on The Ice is broadcast on BBC One at 2000 GMT on Wednesday 29 December - or afterwards on BBC iPlayer.  (link)

"Shot mainly using spy cameras, this film gets closer than ever before to the world's greatest land predator.
Icebergcam, Blizzardcam and Snowballcam are a new generation of covert devices on a mission to explore the Arctic islands of Svalbard in Norway. Backed up by Snowcam and Driftcam, these state-of-the-art camouflaged cameras reveal the extraordinary curiosity and intelligence of the polar bear." Read more about the program here.

Here's a clip from the program, (without the bears destroying the camera):