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Polar Bear Gnaws At Research Cable In The Beaufort Sea

09/30/2015 07:42 EDT | Updated 09/30/2015 07:59 EDT

Three polar bears nearly ruined an Arctic research expedition when one of them gnawed on a very, very expensive cable earlier this month.

A video posted to YouTube on Tuesday 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, CBC News reported.

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.

The footage was taken on Sept. 16 by Kathryn Purdon, a UVic student aboard the ship.

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