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New Netflix docuseries, draws attention to a disturbing scene, showing a group of walruses that sink into death, a phenomenon that filmmakers considered related to climate change.
In “Our Planet“, told by David Attenborough, we see a group of walruses walking on a cliff on the Russian beach.
“Once at the top of the 80-foot cliffs, they rest until they return to the sea for food,” says Attenborough.
Walruses lived mostly on patches of sea ice, which allowed them to easily submerge in the ocean for food such as clams and mollusks. But researchers say that in the last few decades, global warming has forced them to move inland.
Instead of returning the way they arrived, we see the walruses swaying on the edge of the cliff.
Then, one by one, the defenseless mammals fall to their death, their bodies hit the rocks. The camera rotates to show hundreds of dead walruses laying along the shore.
The episode sparked a surge of excitement online, with some spectators collapsing in tears. Others applauded Netflix for showing the “moving” scene, though it was hard to watch.
Jamie McPherson, a cameraman on the set, said in a behind-the-scenes video that it was “the worst thing I ever filmed.” The phenomenon is not unheard of. In 1996, the New York Times reported that 60 male walruses died on a 60-foot cliff in southwestern Alaska. The mass murders left perplexing local wildlife and hunting experts as well as Indian hunters who had never heard of the death on the cliffs.
“Our planet” has attracted attention for its insightful and insightful view of the devastating record of climate change. Later in the series, after the introduction of a group of orangutans, viewers are informed that 100 of the great primates die each week as a result of human activity.
The walrus scene shows how the sea ice melt has a deadly impact on the population, according to producer and director Sophie Lanfear.
“They would be on the ice now if they could, but there is no option, but to come to land, they are only a danger to themselves, it is very difficult to see and witness it, it is so painful,” Lanfear said, as she watched the animals fall to their death.
Life on land can be dangerous to the walruses in other ways. Researchers have found herds of up to 35,000 walruses living in restricted communities inland, posing a risk if the animals suddenly become frightened and rush into the sea.
In 2017, 64 walruses were found dead on the northwest coast of Alaska after a run.
Activists have urged US officials to install rafts anchored off the coast of Alaska in hopes of avoiding fatalities.