On Netflix’s new show ‘Our Planet’, there’s a scene where a whole bunch of walruses just fall of a cliff and plummet to their deaths.
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There’s not really any way to prepare you for how brutally sad the footage is – it’s literally a bunch of walruses straight up falling off the cliff edge and bouncing off every rock on the way down.
Watch the videos below:
Some context from the Atlantic:
In the autumn of 2017, about 250 walruses in Russia, having climbed up to rocky slopes overlooking a beach, just walked over the edge.
Usually, gravity is no enemy of the walrus. When these animals encounter hard surfaces, they rise up to meet them, hauling their two-ton bulks onto floating pieces of ice. When they fall, they flop off those low platforms into the accommodating water. So you might imagine that a walrus, peering off a tall cliff, doesn’t really understand what will happen to it when it steps off. It doesn’t expect to plummet for 260 feet, cartwheel through the air, bounce off the rocks, and crash abruptly. Climb, plummet, cartwheel, bounce: These are not walrus-associated verbs.
Here’s some of the devastated reaction online:
As David Attenborough explains in the documentary, these walruses have lost their natural habitat due to global warming, as they’d usually be living on the massive sheets of ice between Alaska and Russia which have shrunk/fallen apart over the last few years. That’s how they end up on the top of the cliffs they inevitably end up falling from.
Not everyone agrees with this climate change theory though:
Quakenbush and others also doubt that the climbs and falls are related to climate change, because such tragedies have been reported since before sea ice showed substantial declines. “Walruses have shown similar behavior on the U.S. coastline when space and ice were not an issue, and the reason is unknown.
For example, in three successive years, from 1994 to 1996, dozens of male walruses fell to their death from cliffs in southwestern Alaska.
Well I guess no one knows for certain what the reason is, but one thing’s for sure – these videos are sad as shit.
RIP to our Walrus buddies.
For the Brighton gumtree advert that is looking for a walrus lodger, click HERE.