Even though we all live on this planet, very few of us have the opportunity to get out and experience all that it has to offer. Perhaps that is why nature documentaries are so popular, because they give us the chance to see things we never would have seen.
The latest documentary is on Netflix. ‘Our Planet’ takes an amazing look at our home planet but it also tugs at the heartstrings.
The documentary takes us to Russia so we can see Walruses lounging around and doing what they do best. They were made to live life on the Artic ice but the change in the climate in recent years has taken much of the ice away.
Rather than living life on the ice, they drag themselves across the dry round to raise their young. This puts them in some difficult areas.
Our Planet shows this a video clip that is all too real. A walrus is trying to get back to the sea and drops some 80 meters to the sea, hitting some rocks along the way.
When people saw the scene on Netflix, they came forward in droves to announce their heartbreak.
One person wrote: “I really want to continue watching #ourplanet but that Walrus scene f***ing destroyed me.”
Another said: “To those who say climate change isn’t a legitimate threat I implore you to watch just the second episode of Our Planet and watch a Walrus fall off a cliff it should never have had to scale were it not for its natural habitat literally melting before them.”
A third added: “Literally full on sobbed to the walrus moment. This whole docuseries is so heart breaking. #OurPlanet I wish as humans we can do more.”
The crew that filmed the scene had a hard time with it as well.
The producer and director of that episode, Sophie Lanfear said: “The walrus scenes were the hardest things I’ve ever had to witness or film in my career.
“I really wasn’t prepared for the scale of death.
“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.”
It is difficult to watch but it is also a wake-up call to care for the environment.