Those of us in the Netflix Nature Documentaries Fan Club (that I just made up) were very excited about the release of Our Planet, a docuseries from the same team behind Planet Earth. There are a lot of breathtakingly gorgeous scenes in the series, but one particular scene is seriously heartbreaking.
The scene shows a group of walruses at the top of a steep cliff. They’re over 250 feet in the air, which is a strange place for a walrus to find itself. Why are they up there? They climbed the cliff to escape from the overcrowded beach full of walruses below.
When the area below clears out, the walruses atop the cliff try to return to the water and the rest of their herd, but they don’t understand that moving off of the cliff will result in a fatal fall.
Hundreds of them fall to their deaths, and the Netflix crew captures it all.
If the Walrus scene in Our Planet doesn’t make you reconsider everything you’re doing to make climate change happen nothing will.
They’re doing this because of us. Jesus. pic.twitter.com/x6VcdJP6r4
— Elliot Hackney (@ElliotHackney) April 7, 2019
Cue every nature lover crying into their couch pillows.
I really want to continue watching #ourplanet but that Walrus scene fucking destroyed me
— Joe Furley (@PsyFean) April 6, 2019
Some scientists attribute the horrifying scene to climate change. Walruses regularly gather into “haul-outs,” which involve thousands of walruses resting and huddling close together on sea ice. But as the earth warms and sea ice shrinks, more and more walruses are forced to crowd together in increasingly risky areas, such as the tiny beach front in the video.
And as more sea ice disappears (nice flat ice that you can’t fall to your death off of), incidents like the Netflix scene are becoming common.
The walrus ending of episode 2 of #OurPlanet is the saddest wildlife sequence I've ever seen. Fuck
— Sam Langford (@scottishscicomm) April 6, 2019
Anyone else feeling extremely sad and helpless?
Burst into tears watching #OurPlanet , that walrus scene was the most harrowing thing I've ever seen on a documentary. But well done #netflix, sometimes the heartbreaking scenes are what will inspire people to make a difference
— Rhiannon (@_rhiannonirving) April 7, 2019
Attenborough’s Our Planet. Spectacular and horrifying in equal measure. I will never recover from the walrus scene
— Ursula Heger (@ursulaheger) April 7, 2019
— K T (@kateeters) April 7, 2019