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Watch out for falling Walruses

David Attenborough thinks fossil fuels cause scores of walruses to careen off cliffs. The ABC is crying as it advertises the latest Netflix tear-jerker and WWF fundraiser.

In behind-the-scenes footage posted to YouTube by Netflix, producer and director Sophie Lanfear explained the events with tears in her eyes.

“It’s the sad reality of climate change,” she said.

“They’d be on the ice if they could be, but there’s no option but to come to land.

Actually though, it’s the sad reality of predatory polar bears

Falling Walrus photo

Canadian zoologist Dr Susan Crockford is all over it calling it Walrus Tragedy Porn. Apparently, the Attenborough footage is from 19 October 2017 in Ryrkaypiy, Siberia which was overrun with polar bears that terrorised the walruses.  Five thousand walruses were herded to a cliff.  Hundreds were driven over the edge to their deaths, and afterwards the polar bears feasted off McWalrus on the rocks.
Apparently, it’s happened before and has nothing to do with sea ice:
“We have records of walrus haulouts that are nearly a century old, including some from this part of the Arctic. The idea that walruses are being driven on shore by sea-ice decline is entirely incorrect. They have always done so. In fact there are reports of walruses falling over cliffs from long before the age of global warming too. Sir David’s story about climate change appears to be just that – a fable.”
Buying a Tesla probably won’t save a single walrus.
The ABC doesn’t mention this, nor find an zoologist expert to interview. They don’t even google it. Instead, they give us the-world-according-to-WWF:

“Earlier on, when there was ice, the walruses did not need this place,” he said in a short clip posted on the Our Planet website.

“They are meant to live on the ice. Now they have lost this ice platform essential for their everyday life in the Chukchi sea.

“Many scientists blame this on global warming.

Then for the 4,400th time, ABC breaks their own rule about only interviewing real experts:

“I am not a climate specialist, but the fact is, over the last 34 years the ice has just disappeared before my very eyes and the animals, their natural habitat has changed, that fact is undeniable.”

 Of course, if they’d interviewed an actual expert, or even a blogger, they’d know that ice comes and goes, and so apparently, do marauding mean poley bears.

Should we save more polar bears? Let’s ask a walrus…

For more info including footage from a 1994 episode of falling Walruses see Susan Crockfords site.

h/t to Pat, GWPF, Steve Hyland and George.

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42 comments to Watch out for falling Walruses

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    Annie

    Words fail me, as they do increasingly these days. How many more heads and tentacles of the monster have we to cope with?

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      Annie

      It has the nature of evil.

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        Yonniestone

        Exasperating is a good word, when something is wrong its just that, WRONG.

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        Sambar

        Hi Annie, Any chance of a quick Brexit update from someone “on the ground so to speak” ? Not much reported on in Oz .

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          Annie

          I’ve been on the move again Sambar. The situation is past belief re. Brexit and there is huge anger. It’s too complicated to write about now as I am way past my bedtime after sitting up enjoying a lively thunderstorm.
          I don’t know where to start to describe the disgraceful shenanigans going on in the HoC…

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            Sambar

            Thanks, and sympathies to all poms who used to believe in DEMOCRACY. I suppose we could welcome them here in the colonies while there is still a chance.

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      Geoff

      Are you insinuating that a cuddly polar bear has no empathy with its food?

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      EV Lank

      Send in the vegans! They’ll sort it.

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    FrankSW

    David Attenborough was also on a different planet when he did the last big series, BBC Blue Planet II . Were there too many Walruses for the beach on the Netflex program as well? It’s a shame to see such a once great presenter falling to such depths broadcasting fradulent propaganda

    Matt says
    …..Walruses were brought to the brink of extinction in Svalbard (Norway) during 350 years of unregulated harvesting. They became protected in 1952, when few remained……

    ….currently the Svalbard walrus population is growing at a rate that matches the theoretical maximum rate of growth that has been calculated for recovering walrus populations under favourable environmental conditions with no food limitations….

    …….So it was naughty of Blue Planet II, in showing a sequence in which a mother and calf walrus desperately try to find a bit of ice big enough to bear their weight but not already occupied by other walruses, to imply that this was evidence of climate change threatening a species with extinction. Most of the ice in the Arctic Ocean disappears each summer and reappears each winter. Walruses have hauled out on shore, or on what’s left of the ice at that season, forever. The main thing that has changed is that there are now more walruses, and more polar bears feasting on them, throughout the Arctic.

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    MrGrimNasty

    If nature was so fixed in stone that everything was ‘MEANT’ to be a certain way, there would be no life on earth.

    Walruses are not meant to be anywhere/do anything rigidly, they will exploit whatever opportunities come their way, and adapt to whatever circumstances are thrown at them – this is the driver of evolution of behaviour and of species.

    Would a polar bear ignore a washed up whale carcass because it was meant to be hunting seals?

    The complete lunacy of the climate alarmists is evident in the way they twist everything into a negative and ignore facts that don’t fit the narrative.

    So polar bears that are supposed to be extinct because they can only survive by hunting from ice, but they are hunting on land here – that’s an awkward contradiction.

    And surely Walruses hauled out on snow free beach terrain stand a much better chance of seeing a white bear stalking them? So generally, rather than in one off circumstances, it would be a better survival strategy? Well that’s more logical than their ice-gone doomsday contrivances anyway.

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    tom0mason

    Oh, so back 25 years ago it was deemed natural by the experts.
    Is it now wrong?

    Roll video from 25 years ago … https://youtu.be/vyJrnHHVt5o

    Main feature ‘Attenborough and The Art Of Lies’ later.

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    pattoh

    iTurkeys voting for Christmas!

    How much will be Attenborough’s BBC Golden Handshake?

    How much would it be If it was not so tied to Wind Farm Economics?

    The whole world is like some kind of “Tale of Two Cities”.

    The internet lasts for ever & will supplant Mme Defarge’s Coded Knitting.

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    TdeF

    There is no problem in the Southern Hemisphere. No Polar bears. No penguins in the Northern Hemisphere either.

    However at the average maximum temperature is 0C at the North Pole in summer, the ice extent varies dramatically from -0.1C to +0.1C. This is nothing new. Everything is forced to land but there are massive migrations north as well by many species to enjoy the midnight sun and the new short term crops. Now we are told the annual warming is a disaster for walruses and Polar Bears. What about all the other species? Also when are the species going to have their young? An eternal frozen cold is not ideal for any species but yes, animals which live on ice have a hard time in the summer. This is all fake news, like the Walt Disney special which won an academy award for depicting the lemmings going over a cliff.

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        Greg in NZ

        Thanks TdeF, that was the best laugh of the morning so far! I’m sure there’ll be more. From your link to Alaska Fish & Wildlife News – “In 1958 Walt Disney produced ‘White Wilderness,’ part of the studio’s ‘True Life Adventure’ series”. Anything with ‘True’ in its title I tend to walk away from. “The lemmings… were actually thrown off a cliff by the Disney filmmakers”. But hey, it won an Academy Award in the documentary section. “They’ve become victims of an obsession – a one-track thought: Move on! Move on!” They say history never repeats – yeah right – welcome to 2019:

        http://populationmatters.org/

        “All our environmental problems become easier to solve with fewer people, and harder – and ultimately impossible – to solve with ever more people.” – Sir David ‘Eugenics’ Attenbollocks, Population Matters patron.

        From the voiceover on Disney’s 1958 fauxumentary – “A kind of compulsion seizes each tiny climate activist rodent and, carried along by an unreasoning hysteria [ie. 97% settled science], each falls into step for a march that will take them to a strange destiny.” I’m flying… SPLAT!

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        Greg in NZ

        “Miracle of Flight” animation by Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam. Warning: Put your coffee or liquor down before watching…

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4eVkanDkgg

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    OriginalSteve

    Add it to the list….

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    OriginalSteve

    Or…..walruses turn into lemmings during climate change…you just couldnt make this stuff up….

    ( i know lemmings dont go off cliffs….but dont let the walruses know that…shhhhhh…)

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      TdeF

      But it was the start of the acceptability of lying in ecological documentaries because it made an award winning story. The first major faux documentary, a faux fact turned into a supporting film with faked scenes which were much cheaper to film. Even a plausible explanation. All presented as credible, factual natural science supported by video. Then you get the “Inconvenient Truth”. As people moved away from fact based rational science to fantasy and emotion, the truth is lost. David Attenborough as presenter trusts the people informing him. Nothing more.

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    el gordo

    Uh oh we have a problem.

    ‘Polar bears were said to have chased the walruses off the cliff, but this claim was disputed by the filmmakers who stood by the footage.’

    Daily Mail

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      glen Michel

      Well most observations of these Halouts were on beaches,but it this case it appears they ascended to a cliff top frrom a beach.Being big,slow and lazy when their mass is nor supported by seawater I find it difficult to believe these animals would make the extreme effort of climing such acliff – unless they were pursued. I doubt the veracity of the the film makers.

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    Dennis

    “The time has come,” the walrus said, “to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages and kings”

    ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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      “and why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings”
      Lewis Carroll was a prophet …

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        ‘Will you walk a little faster,’
        Said the whiting to the snail,
        There’s a walrus close behind me
        And he’s treading on my tail!’

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        MudCrab

        No. Lewis published in 1871.

        The sea in 2019 is clearly not boiling hot.

        Ergo the oceans have clearly cooled.

        Also, to quote the meaningful words of well known and respected naturalist, Tweedledee, “He ate more than the Carpenter.”

        So basically walruses are dicks and we shouldn’t feel sorry for them if they fall off things. Goo Goo g’joob

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    Mal

    The real danger Now is that the idiots in the climate change movement will drive our western civilisation over an economic cliff.

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      TdeF

      That is the intention.

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      James Poulos

      Just remember, Mal – they are not idiots, they are very smart and compassionate people.

      When they plunge the world into a dystopia they will be the least able to adapt.

      As such, the likes of us will need to have a kind word and a friendly smile for each one of them…

      …as well as a plan to divide up their possessions and re-purpose their lands.

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    Travis T. Jones

    What?

    I’m still looking out for falling poley bears …

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxis7Y1ikIQ

    Worst Apocalypse. Ever.

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      OriginalSteve

      Are these the arctic version of drop bears?

      Oh the suspense….

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      Graeme No.3

      And the obvious question – with 20,000 flying off to Climate Conferences every year for the last 15 years (or more), why aren’t polar bears extinct?

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      TdeF

      Obviously every jet drops one Polar bear over a city. They should stop that.

      Besides the open country side is far less dangerous. Maybe the occasional Polar bear would land in a haystack. Just trying to help.

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    Antoine D'Arche

    he’s a sellout

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    Reed Coray

    Being in my 70s my memory isn’t what it used to be; but somewhere in my memory bank is a picture/story of a seal faced with a life or death decision. Men were tromping around on the shore near the seal and orcas were swimming in the water just offshore. The seal chose to dance with the men rather than splash with the orcas. If when faced with a slightly different choice, orcas versus polar bears, walruses opt for dancing with polar bears, we have a solution to the problem of cliff-diving walruses: simply encourage a few orcas to swim in the water near the cliffs–or even better, build a bunch of orca dorsal fin look-a-likes and float them in the water. David Attenborough should be elated because we’re helping to feed the starving polar bears.

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    glen Michel

    A very pragmatic comment Reed.

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    George McFly......I'm your density

    Poor old David Attenborough. He really has lost the plot. I used to admire him once but feel sorry for him now.

    It is unfortunate when people don’t know when to bow out gracefully.

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    Maptram

    I put this one in weekend unthreaded, it’s worth repeating.

    A line from a news item about the latest David Attenborough series.

    “The starting point was that we wanted to illustrate, through natural phenomena, climate change and that the arctic is increasingly warming,” Keith explains. “And the next thing was, ‘Right we’ll do a calving glacier’.

    https://au.yahoo.com/news/planet-600-crew-50-countries-120059602.html

    In other words, lets film something that occurs naturally, then call it climate change

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    pattoh

    That would make a great Headstone for ManBearPig;_

    …. killed by falling walrus, insufficient OH & S & PPE.

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    Bill in Oz

    I suppose that Addledborough need every penny from Netflix he can, now that he has dementia as well as not being able to walk & actually see what he is asked to talk about. in the “natural’ world..

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    Turtle

    Goo goo ga joob

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    Roy Hogue

    David Attenborough certainly scurries about making pronouncements as if he knew what he was talking about. If I wanted someone who would feed the public whatever I tell him to and I wanted to be certain he wouldn’t look into what I’m telling him and discover that I’m wrong, he would be the perfect choice.

    Instead of believing any of these doom and gloom people why not interview a walrus? But then Jo has essentially done that and there is the poor climate change decimated polar bear in such numbers as to be a predator among the walruses. I’d jump off a cliff too if I had a polar bear behind me bent on eating me for lunch.

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    Walrus
    “In his narration, Sir David said that this was the result of declining sea-ice levels caused by global warming.
    This was said to have forced the animals on shore, where their poor eyesight meant that they couldn’t perceive the danger of falling.”

    Many years ago I spent a week on Round Island in Bristol Bay, which is a major “haul out” island for walrus. There were hundreds of them along the shoreline.
    Hauling out is something walrus do after their long excursions to their feeding grounds. Also male walrus tend to spend most of their lives in ice free waters.
    They only go up into the icy areas, where the females tend to hang out, to mate.

    It appears like the footage used was the episode in Russia – Too many “I”s were dotted and “T”s were crossed.
    It could be called a very successful polar bear hunting expedition.

    But what is really disgusting is that the desperate warming crowd, have taken advantage of a 94 year old icon to spread their trash.

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