Ever wondered what life on the Arctic sea ice is like for polar bears from their perspective?
You can now gain an insight into what polar bears get up to in the wild thanks to this newly released and first point of view footage from a polar bear, made available courtesy of the U.S Geological Survey.
The video which was edited and compiled of raw footage recordings shows a bear swimming under the sea ice and at the surface, an interaction with a potential mate, playing with food and a possible attempt of underwater pursuit of a seal.
Researchers attached video collars to four female* polar bears in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska this past April to try and understand polar bear behaviour and energetic responses to sea ice loss. In addition, researchers can use radio and satellite telemetry to link their behaviour and location for collecting further data on sea ice loss and responses by polar bears.
Data collected from this ongoing research will help to draft a polar bear conservation plan in order to meet the requirements of the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act.
*It is only female polar bears that can be equipped with collars as the necks of male polar bears are wider than their heads and so the collars would simply slip off.