Thursday, July 17, 2014

Grizzly bear eating GoPro camera produces rare footage

Rare footage captured while grizzly bear attempts to eat a GoPro camera

When a grizzly bear approached his brand-new GoPro camera on an Alaskan river and began eating it, wildlife photographer Chris Weston was excited for the potential rare footage but concerned whether he’d ever see it.

“I was crossing my fingers and anything else I could cross in the hope that the camera was still recording,” Weston told CatersNews Agency in a story released Wednesday. “It then occurred to me that there was a good chance I wasn’t going to get the camera back.

“I have had experience of a bear ‘eating’ a camera hard-case I was testing once, so I knew how much damage a bear could cause to even tough plastic. But the camera was completely unmarked except for one small mark on the plastic cover, so I was astonished that it was not only undamaged but also still happily recording away.”

And what the GoPro camera recorded was amazing: Rare footage of the bear’s teeth from inside its mouth. Here is the video recorded that day on the Katmai Peninsula:

Weston had purchased the $500 GoPro camera to help film a documentary on wildlife in the U.S., and was there with fellow photographer Monique Brignoni, among others.

He had placed the camera in shallow water to record footage of bears chasing salmon, but this bear became intrigued by the GoPro, possibly because of the flashing recording light.

“When we viewed the footage back on the boat, the entire crew, who had experience with working with the BBC, were whooping and hollering with amazement,” Weston said. “Working with bears over many years, I have had many close encounters but never something quite as ‘up close and personal’ as this.

“In terms of excitement and anticipation of seeing the results, this was up there with the best.”

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