The polar bear is one of the fiercest animals on the planet, and a new video has captured its hunting techniques on camera.
The footage, released by the US Geological Survey, shows one of the predators capturing and eating a seal.
What makes it more incredible is that it was all filmed by a camera attached to the animal’s head.
The video shows a series of clips of the polar bear hunting with others, standing on the sea ice and jumping into the water to catch prey.
‘Here is a video showing these massive creatures using sea-ice to hunt their prey,’ the USGS Facebook post says.
‘Without sea-ice, their access to prey would be diminished.’
The predators can be shown using their sense of smell to detect a seal’s breathing hole.
Polar bears can often lie in wait for hours at at time.
When a seal surfaces to breathe, the bear dives in and grabs it, then drags it onto the ice to eat.
The footage was released to highlight the dangers facing the populations of polar bears around the world.
Yesterday the US Fish and Wildlife Service issued a Conservation Management Plan for polar bears.
The plan sets out two purposes for the management of polar bears in Alaska.
‘First to solicit public comments on developing and administering a co-management partnership with Alaska Natives for their subsistence use of polar bears in Alaska,’ the report says.
‘Second we are soliciting preliminary ideas about the best way we can ensure that polar bear take limits…are not exceeded.’
The bears are being threatened by climate change, contamination of the Arctic environment, potential over-harvest, and increasing human development.
Earlier this week a study came out that said polar bears and their cubs face health risks due to toxic pollutants in the Arctic.
Some of the health problems these chemicals cause in polar bears include brain damage, hormonal disruption and even some cases of pseudo-hermaphroditism.
The study, led by researchers at the University of Milano Bicocca in Italy, looked at the effects of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP’s) on species in the Arctic and found that they pose greater risks to polar bears than to seals, and polar bear cubs who are fed contaminated milk are most at risk.
Cases of pseudo-hermaphrodite bears were observed by researchers in Svalbard, Norway.