Our Planet clocks in at eight episodes, but it's a single scene from the newly released Netflix documentary series narrated by David Attenborough that's making waves. It's found in Episode two, "Frozen Worlds," and it involves hundreds of walruses falling to their deaths. The series was made over the course of four years by the same team that gave us the BBC's Planet Earth series, and Quartzy highlights a distinction between the two: the Netflix series much more actively incorporates climate change and its impact on our planet's animals. An explainer of the jarring scene, and reaction:
- The episode's producer and director, Sophie Lanfear, spoke with People about her interest in documenting the change walruses are experiencing in Russia, where they eat clams surfaced by the summer thaw, then, traditionally, rest on sea ice. With the ice melting, they must "haul out" instead on beaches, swimming to get there. Lanfear says she spent 2.5 years selecting a haul-out location and figuring out how to film it.