Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice

Filmed in the Arctic islands of Norway, cleverly camouflaged cameras get closer than ever before to the world’s greatest land predator: the iconic polar bear. This innovative wildlife documentary reveals cubs emerging from winter maternity dens and journeying across the drifting ice in search of seals. How they cope with their different fates is captured in revelatory close-up detail.

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Ep 1: Into the World
State-of-the-art cameras capture intimate footage of cubs emerging from their winter dens.

Icebergcam, Blizzardcam and Snowballcam are a new generation of covert devices on a mission to explore the Arctic islands of Norway. In this remarkable wildlife documentary, these state-of-the-art camouflaged cameras reveal the extraordinary curiosity and intelligence of the polar bear. There’s playful and intimate footage as the bears indulge in entertaining courtship rituals.

Ep 2: On the Hunt
The spy cameras follow the bears as they attempt to hunt with their demanding cubs in tow.

Camouflaged cameras capture more remarkable detail of polar bear life. This astonishing natural history documentary reveals a bear family struggling to hunt for seals, a precious food source, with their mischievous cubs in tow. The cameras record them dealing with a colony of walrus and, as they discover one hidden camera shaped like a snowball, indulging in a game of soccer!

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