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Very few have seen this and lived to tell about it

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Ever wonder what the inside of a grizzly bear's mouth looks like?

Well, now you don't have to.

A YouTube video showing a bear chewing on a GoPro camera has gone viral.

News 8's Shannon Handy spoke to the man whose camera that was.

Brad Josephs studies and films bears for a living. He shot the video in Alaska last summer using a small GoPro camera.

So far, the video has nearly 800,000 views.

Brad says while he's surprised by the video's popularity, he hopes it draws attention to his cause.

In the video, a three-year-old-grizzly bear walks by the lens of a GoPro camera along the Alaskan peninsula. The bear notices the camera, and within seconds picks it up with its mouth.

"I've never really, except from a distance seen the inside of a bear's mouth, because I have never gotten that close."

Brad Josephs, a naturalist photographer, recorded the footage last summer while filming a documentary.

After losing about six go-pro cameras, he tried to hide this one carefully, hoping the bear wouldn't find it.

Brad said, "And some people ask, you must have put salmon oil or honey. No, the last thing I wanted was to have a bear see it, break it, and chew it up."

Surprisingly, the camera survived.

"I just rinsed it off, rinsed the spit off, and kept recording."

In fact, a scene of a bear splashing in water was captured just a few minutes later.

Brad says, while he understands why the video has generated so much interest, he hopes it will encourage others to learn about his mission of conservation.

"Like you guys in California, you don't have grizzly bears. I think part of the heart of the mountains is gone. It's still important to have them and I think that's the major message really in my life I always try to get across to people."

Brad tells News 8 he was just 40 yards away when the grizzly bear attempted to eat his camera.

So he watched the whole thing.

And you may have questioned the hygiene of the bear some of what you're seeing in its mouth are salmon particles. Brad says the bear and its mom had just finished eating.

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