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Monday, March 14, 2011

Remote Cameras catch flirty and hunty polar bears

Polar Bear Spy Cam Eaten By ... a Polar Bear! Plus Mother & Cub Cuteness

What happens when you place spy cams all over the arctic in order to track polar bears? Filmmaker John Downer wanted to track a mother and two cubs as they endure struggles of survival in the arctic, and to do so, he employed some clever camerawork. Though, when one bear discovered the cameras, it didn't work out so well for the equipment. However, most of the time, there was some amazing footage captured.

Filmmaker John Downer is behind the Polar Bears - Spy on the Ice movie premiering on Animal Planet at 10pm (EST) Thursday, 10 March 2011.. It looks like a whole lot of pure awesome.

Cool Hunting writes, "Downer employs three types of cameras to track the lives of two mother bears as they lead their clubs across Arctic Norway in search of seal hunting grounds for the den's survival. Not letting any of the frozen conditions get in the way of filming, the three cameras each offered a unique way of capturing the bears. The Snow-cam, disguised as a lump of snow, was equipped with four-wheel drive and tundra wheels to get across land and ice. The Blizzard-cam is rigged with propellers, allowing it to reach speeds of 37 mph, while the Iceberg cam was thoroughly waterproofed to maneuver between sheets of ice and under water to capture the polar bears swimming under the ice."

Check out what all four camera types look like. The only problem is when the cameras aren't so incognito. Last year, a male bear destroyed $200,000 worth of equipment. If you want to know how strong these animals are, make them mad by pointing a camera at them.

But for the cameras not discovered, they capture some great footage.

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