What's life like for a polar bear? Video gives us a glimpse

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a video of footage shot using cameras on collars put on...

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a video of footage shot using cameras on collars put on four polar bears in Alaska in April. (Photo: USGS/Handout/QMI Agency)

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U.S. researchers have collected footage of a polar bear's point of view of the world using video cameras strapped to collars.

U.S. Geological Survey researchers have been studying polar bear movement and habitat use for decades using radio and satellite, but the new video collars allowed scientists to see the bears' actual behaviours.

The researchers tried the same project last year, but the cameras were unable to stand up to the cold temperatures.

The cameras were on four female bears north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, for eight to 10 days in April. While it wasn't a long time, the scientists said it has given them insight into how polar bears eat, hunt, rest, walk and swim. There was one encounter with a potential mate.

"Ultimately, this information will help scientists examine the energetic rates and nutritional demands of these animals and the potential effects of declining sea ice conditions," lead researcher Anthony Pagano said in a press release.


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