Cameraman Gordon Buchanan endured an attack from a hungry female polar bear. The attack lasted 45 minutes. It was safe because the man was sitting inside a bomb-proof “perspex pod”, the on-ice equivalent of a shark cage.
He said: 'A lot of people think that carnivores are intrinsically dangerous but most aren’t - there’s a minimal risk and attacks are the exception. 'But polar bears are different, without a doubt she wanted me for lunch. She was so persistent, looking for a weak spot for almost 45 minutes. 'I was terrified and you could hear my heartbeat on the mic. It really was a sensational moment and a worrying situation. 'It shows how enormous and powerful they are.’