Netflix defends graphic scene in "Our Planet"


The new Netflix series "Our Planet" is upsetting and annoying some viewers after graphic images of walruses falling to their deaths were included in the show. But the studio is standing behind the filmmakers and the disturbing scene.

Netflix just released the multi-episode series which documents the effects of climate change on wildlife around the globe. One episode focuses on Russian walruses that are dying off due to receding ice levels. 

In covering the epidemic, filmmakers recorded several walruses scaling rocky cliffs near the ocean, and some of them fell over the ledge leaving them seriously injured or even dead from the impact.

The scene left tons of viewers traumatized.

Some critics accuse the producers of emotional manipulation and twisting facts - including some zoologists and environmentalists, who claim the walrus scene is out of context.

Dr. Susan Crockford went public this week saying the walruses filmed for this scene were falling off the cliff to escape polar bears not because climate change is reducing their natural icy habitat. Patrick Moore, the co-founder of Greenpeace, backed that up too.

Netflix is standing firm behind what they say is a documented fact - that walruses are being forced to gather on land because there's less ice available which leaves them in unfamiliar, dangerous territory. 

No matter what, the footage is certainly heartbreaking.