Polar bears panic scientists in Beaufort Sea by chewing on equipment – Watch

Polar bears panic scientists in Beaufort Sea by chewing on equipment - Watch

Scientists from the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria have been working in the Beaufort Sea and encountering a strange problem with polar bears.

A video posted to YouTube shows a mother and her two cubs floating in the Beaufort Sea. One of them starts biting at a cable used in a sampling system, as esearchers aboard the CCGS Amundsen icebreaker try to shoo them away.

Eventually, the bear seems to lose interest, and all three slowly drift away as the video cuts out.

And that’s a good thing — the equipment was valued at $200,000.

The icebreaker is being used as part of a research mission studying the effects of climate change on Arctic waters, according to Global News.

University of Victoria (UVic) oceanographer Jay Cullen told the outlet he was concerned thatreceding sea ice in the north is what led the mother bear and her cubs to swim so far away from land.