Viewers ‘Distressed’ And ‘Heartbroken’ Over Walrus Scene In David Attenborough’s ‘Our Planet’

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, Netflix
Published 09.04.19

At 92 years of age, David Attenborough puts me to shame.

The documentarian and national treasure has got an absolutely incredible work ethic that slothful people like me can only dream of having. There’s just no way I’m ever going to be working at 90; at the very most I’m making it to 70, dying a somewhat premature death after suffering a bad bit of gout from all the wine and cheese I’ve been consuming during my retirement years.


Not wanting to get left behind in the information age, the nonagenarian has recently made the transition from the Beeb to Netflix with Our Planet.

Unlike previous series from Dave, Our Planet is available to binge in its entirety, which has left viewers reeling about many a heartbreaking scene.

One of which involved a load of walruses, who sadly died to climate change and the loss of their natural habitat.


The retreating ice – as a result of global warming – paired with the mammels’ poor eye-sight led hundreds of them to accidentally fall from great heights.

Attenborough explains in the documentary: “Their natural home is out on the sea ice, but the ice has retreated away to the north and this is the closest place to their feeding grounds.

“Every square inch is occupied, climbing over the tightly packed bodies is the only way across the crowd – those beneath can get crushed to death.”

“In a desperate bid to avoid the crush they try head towards the cliffs.”


He continues: “A walrus’ eyesight out of water is poor. But they can sense the others down below. As they get hungry, they need to return to the sea.

“In their desperation to do so, hundreds fall from heights they should never have scaled.”

In one particular heart-breaking scene we see one walrus trying to get back into the sea plummets off an 80-metre cliff, hitting a few rock ledges before falling into the sea.

Our Planet viewers were let in tears by the distressing scenes, with many taking to social media to vent about the devastating impact of global warming:


The crew were also left close to tears as they watched the scenes unfold, with one describing it as “the sad reality of climate change”.

They said:  “They’d be on the ice right now if they could be but there is no option but to come to land. They are a danger to themselves. It’s really hard to watch and witness this.”


Another said: “There’s probably two or 300 dead walrus on this half a mile stretch of beach here. They’re climbing cliffs exhausted and falling down.”

It’s absolutely devastating to see and anyone who denies global warming or climate change should be forced to sit and watch footage like this.

The evidence is overwhelming and to deny it now is to resign future generations to untold troubles. Sadly, as more and more countries become isolated, nationalist and want to ‘control their own destiny’ (i.e. Brexit), the issue of climate change on a global scale just falls down the pecking order in terms of our collective priorities.

The only way to tackle this global threat is together, yet sadly we seem to getting more and more divided.

Sadly, we haven’t seen the last of this kind of footage.

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