“Our Planet” With David Attenborough showed a clip of walruses falling off a cliff, which they blamed on global warming. The show is on Netflix, the home of the Obamas and Susan Rice. Susan Crockford, a zoologist and adjunct professor at the University of Victoria says that it is fake news and that the footage is older and the walruses fell off the cliff trying to get away from polar bears. Maybe the polar bears were chasing them because of global warming and not hunger. Perhaps they fell because of an internet video.
“This is, of course, in addition to the bigger lie that lack of sea ice is to blame for walrus herds being onshore in the first place,” Crockford wrote.
The “Our Planet” team pushed back. The crew said the walruses weren’t being attacked by polar bears, but instead walked off the cliffs on their own. Director Sophie Lanfear said the walruses fell from the cliffs once the herd began to leave. She blamed the incident on climate change.
“Fundamentally, the reason walrus used this haul out location is because of a lack of sea ice in the region, meaning they are coming ashore more frequently than they did in the past,” Lanfear told The Telegraph. “Especially mothers with their pups. And at this particular site, once the beach below the cliffs was full, they spread out and up the cliffs and were unable to find their way safely down, with tragic consequences.”
Wildlife experts, however, remained skeptical that climate change had anything to do with walrus cliff-diving. Experts have documented many past instances of walrus haul-outs, including those where animals fall to their deaths.
“Walruses have shown similar behavior on the U.S. coastline when space and ice were not an issue, and the reason is unknown,” Lori Polasek of the University of Alaska Fairbanks told The Atlantic.
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