Grizzly bears ”fancy underwater footwork” captured first time on camera

February 23rd, 2009 - 6:21 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 23 (ANI): For the first time, grizzly bears have been captured on underwater performing some fancy footwork when they hunt their potential preys.

A BBC team followed the bears as the annual salmon migration got underway, and filmed them while they used their big feet to deftly kick dead fish from deep pools into shallower water.

Such behaviour indicated that the grizzlies could grab the fish without the risk of getting their ears wet.

“Most bears will do anything to avoid getting their ears wet - they hate it, the BBC quoted wildlife cameraman Jeff Turner as saying.

Turner recorded the grizzlies” clever footwork by standing just 2m (6ft) away from the bears.

Turner said: “The older, more experienced bears would look down and see where the fish was, and then they would kick it along the bottom with their feet until they got it into the shallows. And then they could just reach down and pick it up.

Turner added: “I”ve seen this before from above the water, and you have a sense of what they are doing, but it is the first time that anyone has really seen what they are doing underwater.”

The video will be shown in the new BBC Natural History Unit series Nature’’s Great Events. (ANI)

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