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    Netflix Series Accused of Making Fake Claims About Walrus Deaths

    Netflix Series Accused of Making Fake Claims About Walrus Deaths

    “The walruses shown in this Netflix film were almost certainly driven over the cliff by polar bears during a well-publicised incident in 2017.”

    There are two types of science practiced today: Real science and politicized science.

    Netflix has come under fire for allegedly trying to palm off fake information about walrus deaths as serious proof of climate change.

    Netflix’s acclaimed Our Planet series has come under fire for “tragedy porn” over images of walruses falling to their deaths from cliff tops, allegedly because of climate change.

    The Our Planet footage, narrated by David Attenborough, showed dozens of the animals climbing up 80 metre high outcrops in northeast Russia because of a lack of sea ice.

    They were shown plunging onto the rocks below, with hundreds of dead animals piled on the shoreline. A voice-over by Attenborough claimed their poor eyesight made it hard for them to return safely to the ocean.

    However, it turns out a more reasonable explanation exists when it comes to these walrus deaths, according to Dr. Susan Crockford, a Canadian zoologist specializing in evolution and the ecology of Holocene mammals (including polar bears and walrus):

    Dr Susan Crockford, a zoologist, told The Telegraph that Netflix’s narrative over the Our Planet scene is “contrived nonsense” and that “This powerful story is fiction and emotional manipulation at its worst”.

    “The walruses shown in this Netflix film were almost certainly driven over the cliff by polar bears during a well-publicised incident in 2017.”

    “Even if the footage shown by Attenborough was not the 2017 incident in Ryrkaypiy, we know that walruses reach the top of cliffs in some locations and might fall if startled by polar bears, people or aircraft overhead, not because they are confused by shrinking sea ice cover.”

    At the time of this report, Netflix has not identified the site, or sites, that were included for the walrus herd in their film or specified exactly when the cliff incident occurred.

    Anthony Watts, weather technology expert and author of the “Watts Up With That” climate website, has taken a look at the footage and also suspects the footage captured was the 2017 Siberian incident.

    I’ve been able to show that Crockford’s supposition about the geographical origin of the footage is correct: analysis of the rock shapes in the film and in a photo taken by the producer/director both match archive photos of Ryrkaypiy. The photo was taken on 19 September 2017, during the events described by the Siberian Times.

    But whereas the Siberian Times and Gizmodo website, which also reported on the 2017 incident, were both quite clear that the walruses were driven over the cliffs by polar bears, Netflix makes no mention of their presence. Similarly, there is no mention of the fact that walrus haulouts are entirely normal. Instead, Attenborough tells his viewers that climate change is forcing the walruses on shore, where their poor eyesight leads them to plunge over the cliffs.

    This is all very troubling as it raises the possibility that Netflix and the WWF are, innocently or otherwise, party to a deception of the public.

    Watts also notes that Neflix isn’t the first company trying to peddle wildlife tragedy porn.

    In 1958 Walt Disney produced “White Wilderness,” part of the studio’s “True Life Adventure” series. “White Wilderness” featured a segment on lemmings, detailing their strange compulsion to commit mass suicide.

    According to a 1983 investigation by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation producer Brian Vallee, the lemming scenes were faked. The lemmings supposedly committing mass suicide by leaping into the ocean were actually thrown off a cliff by the Disney filmmakers. The epic “lemming migration” was staged using careful editing, tight camera angles and a few dozen lemmings running on snow covered lazy-Susan style turntable.

    I will post this as a hypothesis: Any entity offering wildlife tragedy porn as proof of their assertions is offering nothing but politicized science and should be ignored.


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      Arminius in reply to Icepilot. | April 15, 2019 at 9:03 pm

      What do you in Wyoming during the summer?

      If it falls on a Saturday you have a BBQ.

      Arminius in reply to Icepilot. | April 15, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      I sometimes wonder if I wasted my time. Sometimes. But I could only be in one place at one time. I often wish I had stayed in the US and became a teacher. Well, I was a kind of teacher. I taught the Basic Shipboard Intelligence Course at FITCPAC. The Fleet Intelligence Training Center, Pacific.

      My claim to fame. Arminius. Trainer of Snoopie teams

      You know what? That’s not nothing.

      “SNOOPIE Team to the Rescue”

      Nimitz said that at Midway intel was worth an extra battle group.
      which meant I had a lot to live up to. I hope I did. I hope I still can.

        Barry in reply to Arminius. | April 16, 2019 at 12:56 am

        “Nimitz said that at Midway intel was worth an extra battle group.”

        Considering we sent three carriers, one a cripple, and another on the decisive day missing in action, I’d say that was understatement.

    Grrr8 American | April 15, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    My better-half and myself watched about a half-hour of it (it looked interesting in the listings). Some gorgeous photography. But it quickly became apparent that it was a Climate Cult propaganda piece to scaremonger viewers into believing the fiction of “climate change.”. Not-so-subtle “facts and figures” of rapidly declines species’ levels and such were interspersed at key moments — and to the sentient they were facially grossly exaggerated, i.e., false. Wouldn’t be surprised to find out that this was the source of AOC’s “we’ll all be dead in 12 years” bulloney. Turned it off; won’t watch any further.

    We watched the first episode of this steaming pile of garbage last night, expecting great family oriented entertainment. Instead it was a fire hose of climate alarmist propaganda, much of which has been debunked.

    Earlier nature videos on Netflix had small hints of the climate agenda, but this one was so over the top, I had trouble not shutting it off before our daughter’s bed time.

    We’re going to check out hulu and shut off Netflix. I’m getting sick of them piling on the politics.

      MajorWood in reply to Andy. | April 16, 2019 at 11:57 am

      The “Epic Yellowstone” series was pretty good.

      All I need to be happy is a good bait ball and a bunch of predators. There is just something ethereal about how the water shimmers with displaced scales after all is said and done.

    DaveGinOly | April 15, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Polar bears (and walruses) survived at least two historical (i.e., they took place during a time when humans were keeping a written record of their history) phases of global temperature increase, the Roman Maximum the the Medieval Optimum. During both periods, average temperatures in the northern hemisphere (and some climate scientists will tell you there is evidence the effect was world-wide) were greater than what is predicted for us in our current warming* period. If sea ice and/or the Greenland ice sheet reacts badly to such conditions (as predicted now) they must have done so during those periods. Yet polar bears and walruses survived them, and other, similar periods in pre-historic times. The dire predictions of the warmists are for no other reason than keeping us alarmed about imaginary terrors.

    *There’s an argument to be made that we are not in a warming period, but in a cooling period:
    The evidence Heller shows of “confirmation bias” is astounding.

    Toad-O | April 15, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Goo goo ga joob!

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