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In Episode 2 of Netflix’s new blockbuster nature documentary series Our Planet, hundreds of walruses, forced to adopt unusual food-hunting patterns by climate change, walk straight off a Russian cliff to their deaths.
As an illustration of just how badly our changing climate is affecting the ecosystems and species around us, it’s as dark as it gets.
The series, an unflinching look at how humans have messed up the planet in spectacular — and deadly — fashion, is narrated in his usual calm manner by genre heavyweight David Attenborough. The eight-part show was made by the same team that made the Emmy-winning Planet Earth series for the BBC
“We were trying to get to the heart of the issue with each of the great global habitats, and to be very clear about the elements of destruction and the solutions,” Keith Scholey, series executive producer, told the New York Times.
Over a decade on from Planet Earth’s success, and with the planet in increasing danger, the team is unapologetic about its aim: showcasing the damage to our forests, jungles, deserts, oceans, grasslands and more.
But one scene really has viewers — or, at least, those who can bear to watch it — talking.
Squashed in together on a tight patch of land because the sea ice where they normally rest is not easily found anymore, walruses are seen heading towards a rocky outcrop for some breathing space. The walruses, to get to dry land, will often have had to swim incredibly long distances. Many are by that stage worn out.
“Once at the top of the 80-metre cliffs, they rest,” Attenborough can be heard to say in the clip. “Until it’s time to return to the sea in search of food.”
But that’s when disaster strikes. The creatures are aware they need to get to the sea to get their next meal, but seem unaware of the danger posed by the large drop facing them. Normally, when on ice, they could simply step off the edge and fall straight into water. But on land, with a jagged bed of rocks between the cliff and the sea, the end result is carnage.
They first edge near the abyss and can then be seen tumbling end over end down the cliff face, many to their deaths, as the filmmakers look on, grimacing. Two-to-three hundred dead walruses, and some badly injured survivors, soon lie scattered on a beach below.
With each adult walrus weighing up to 1,000 kilograms, it’s a predictably grisly scene.
“What we think is going on is that the ones at the top can probably hear the ones in the water, and they can sense that there is water below,” producer Sophie Lanfear told the New York Times.
“They teeter on the edge, and they just can’t work out how to get down there. A small group of maybe six or seven would make it down safely, and we’d all celebrate. But the vast majority do not. They basically walk themselves off the cliff. The walruses are used to a soft landing. Their depth perception hasn’t evolved to deal with a cliff situation, nor have they evolved to work out how to get back the way they came. So it’s just tragic. It’s absolutely heartbreaking.”
A “haul-out” is the term used for when walruses gather on land in often huge groups, and Lanfear said Russia is known as a haul-out hotspot.
“When I was planning the story, I knew about the mega haul-outs happening in the region, and we chose the Russian site because it was the largest aggregation in the world, bigger than the ones happening in Alaska and Canada,” Lanfear added. “But there was a bit lost in translation with Anatoly Kochnev, the Russian scientist studying these sites.
“There’s an old piece of news footage that I had in mind, and it was kind of like sausage rolls falling down. I was expecting that perhaps the walruses would tumble down, but at the end, they’d be OK. I really wasn’t prepared for the scale of death.”
I was told that Climate Change was fake news
worst mother ever. Do you see those 3 lizards gnawing on your baby? Do you see your hooves and horns? Just stand there and watch I guess.
I suppose this is part of nature's plan though, right? If you are that bad of a mother, nature doesn't want your genes being passed on. Eliminate that weakness and let the strong survive.
Not sure that’s how buffalo think and reason
A fearless photographer captured these astonishing shots of a huge great white charging towards his shark cage.
Kane Overall, 32, took the incredible pictures from inside the protective barrier off the shark-infested coast of the Neptune Islands in South Australia.
Using a Canon 5d Mark IV with a 50mm lens, Kane was able to capture incredible images of the mighty apex predator as it closed in on him.
Kane Overall, 32, took this stunning picture on March 3 from inside a shark cage off the Neptune Islands in South Australia.
The shots were taken using a Canon 5d Mark IV with a 50mm 1.4 lens.
She was a female and around 3.5 metres.
Kane said: “She was around 3.5 metres. It came in around two metres from the cage and then one time charged us for this shot and ended up turning off around two feet from my camera.
“I knew it was going to be a pretty wild shot but maybe too close as I was shooting 50mn.
“When I got up on the boat everyone crowded around the camera in the housing for a quick look … and we were all blown away.”
The Neptune Islands are two groups of islands located close to the entrance of the Spencer Gulf.
In February, an Australian photographer was lucky to keep all his fingers when another great white lunged at him as he tried to get the perfect shot in the same waters.
Incredible images showed the 4.8m predator emerge from the water and swim over to check out the photographer’s camera, which was dangling in the waves.
The islands are a well-known venue for shark tourism, and their waters are home to an estimated 1000 great whites.
They can reach up to six metres, however the largest ever caught measured an incredible 11 metres from nose to tail.
“They can reach up to six metres, however the largest ever caught measured an incredible 11 metres from nose to tail.”
So, do they reach up to 6 meters or 11 meters?
they are really quick with a tail-whip too, could easily slice your skin open with a quick flick of their tail.
Fucking snakes man.
Maybe it's just me but I probably would've gone inside
Guy has a nice lawn.
I never knew deer yelled like goats
Learn something new every day
I feel like these two are in the same weight class. Is that a tiny grizzly or a giant deer?
My guess is that’s a juvenile. Just weened off mother
Lesson here is don’t fuck with an Eagle or America.
Killing it for invading its nest wasn’t enough. Had to also eat it. That’s badass.
Dinner delivered itself.
I always love these, let's release a easy meal around places where people probably feed other animals like geese, fish, birds.
FYI don't drink stream water or you could get a leech in your throat:
It’s a black bear, apparently it happened in Colorado Springs.
I am guessing that is also an elk and not just a deer.
No it’s just a deer
my first thought. think a bunch of little kids probably toss bread from that spot often? as soon as something touches the surface of that water, it's getting gobbled up