Ever wonder what polar bears get up to when they're not being Canada's most adorable death machines?
A group of researchers strapped a camera collar to a polar bear on Akimiski Island in the southern tip of Hudson's Bay and let it do its thing.
The camera captured the bear doing such bear-like activities as getting a refreshing sip of water.
Although putting a camera on a wild bear is cool enough in itself, the purposes here were scientific.
"We’re trying to get an understanding of how polar bears expend energy and how sea ice change is affecting that," said Anthony Pagano, who works with the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS was one of many collaborators on the project, which also included York University, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Explore.org, and Polar Bears International.
The researchers wanted to see how a polar bear living away from the sea ice spends its time, which is why they picked Akimiski Island, near Attawapiskat First Nation. It's one of the most southerly places you can find polar bears in Canada.
The camera collar gave them and up close and personal view of polar bear activities like grooming, resting, and foraging.
This bear found a tasty berry snack, for example.
Pagano said the berry eating is actually an interesting behaviour considering how little calories they offer for the polar bear's effort in finding them.