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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.

Arktos & Walker ʕ ´ᴥ`ʔ
Polar bears possess an excellent sense of smell and sure enough when Arktos and Walker were presented with a scented barrel it only took them seconds to sniff it out.

Arktos & Walker ʕ ´ᴥ`ʔ

Polar bears possess an excellent sense of smell and sure enough when Arktos and Walker were presented with a scented barrel it only took them seconds to sniff it out.

by Richard Hileman

by Richard Hileman

Tin Man Lee

Tin Man Lee

by MIKI Yoshihito

by MIKI Yoshihito

DSC_9047.jpg by Nick Smith

DSC_9047.jpg by Nick Smith

DSC_8901.jpg by Nick Smith

DSC_8901.jpg by Nick Smith

The adorable polar bear twins, born at the Hellabrunn Zoo on December 9 last year, have been given their names: Nela & Nobby. The fluffy pair are rather playful and adventurous…and in need of a bath. Check out the video by Bernd and for photos of the twins head over to knutisweekly.com.