A life-size plastic salmon has helped a Bristol film company capture candid shots of Grizzly bears in the wild.
Initially, the bears were interested in the "Salmon-cam"
John Downer Productions used the fake fish while filming on location for a wildlife documentary in Alaska.
A tilting camera inside the Salmon enabled the team to record footage of bears diving for salmon in a river.
Assistant producer Phil Dalton said: "These camera techniques mean we can get very close up to the subject without affecting their behaviour."
The "Salmon-cam" was just one of many innovative cameras used by the John Downer team while filming a documentary about bears for the BBC.
The company hid a camera in bamboo canes to get rare footage of Giant Pandas in their natural habitat in North West China.
"Boulder-cams" and "Trash-cams" were used while filming Black Bears in the US.
Mr Dalton said the technology meant wildlife documentary-makers could use multiple camera angles to film animals.
"You get a very different feel using wide-angled lenses and perspectives," he said.
The camera survived its ordeal relatively unscathed
"It feels like reality TV - we are in there with the animals."
Each camera costs about £10,000 to develop and build, and Mr Dalton said several were damaged by the programme's over-inquisitive subjects.
But apart from a impromptu swim downstream when it broke away from its fixings, the Salmon-cam survived relatively unscathed.
"Initially the bears gave it a lick and bite," Mr Dalton said.
"But when they realised it was not a real fish and didn't taste of anything, they left it alone."
Bears: Spy in the Woods was broadcast on BBC1 at 2100 GMT on Tuesday.