Last weekend, while out on a solo camping trip in the woods near his home in British Columbia, Weale was stirred from his morning meditation by the sound of approaching footsteps.
"I thought, 'Could that be a bear? No, it can't be a bear,'" Weale told The Dodo. "So I sat up, and, sure enough, it was a bear."
Now, it would probably be at this point that most folks might leap into a panic - but not Weale.
"My rational mind kicked in. I know that black bears usually aren't dangerous," he said. "I wasn't crazy frightened, but I knew I needed to stay calm. I just stayed sitting down and facing him. I wanted to let him know I was not food."
Weale managed to keep his cool enough to film the harrowing encounter, even the part where the bear snapped the rod on his tent causing it to partially collapse.