Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice

Wildlife filmmaker John Downer uses disguised cameras to track the lives of two mother polar bears as they lead their cubs across the Arctic Norway.

He uses 3 types of cameras: the Snow-cam, disguised as a lump of snow; the Blizzard-cam, which can propel itself to 37 mph; and the Iceberg-cam, a waterproof camera which can navigate between sheets of ice and shoot underwater.

What Downer found in his footage was the polar bear’s “astonishing intelligence,” as they weren’t fooled by the snowball impostors and destroyed nearly $200,000 worth of equipment.  Secondary cameras caught the entire act on video. The hour special, Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice, aired on BBC last month.

Audiences are still closer to polar bears than ever before with the use of these cameras, despite their later destruction.  And how adorable is that…

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7 responses to “Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice

  1. Love it. Well done documentary from a different and un-obtrusive perspective.
    Highly recommend this one.

  2. Where can a buy the video???

  3. Loved the show!!! But who was the female narrator? Her voice sounded familiar. Did she do work for World Vision?

    Thank you in advance for your help.
    Rick Meyers

  4. Loved the show!!! But who was the female narrator? Her voice sounded familiar. Did she do work for World Vision?

    Thank you in advance for your help.
    Rick Meyers

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