Digital Writing — Assignment C

The best wild life scenes shown in Netflix’s new show ‘our planet’

Suzan Beek April 23, 2019

Our planet is Netflix’s latest addition to their already wide selection of nature documentaries and series. The eight episodes were all uploaded on the 5th of April and watchers can see, guided by narrator David Attenborough, why our wild life and nature is worth protecting. Each episode focuses on different natural phenomena, such as the disappearance of the corals due to climate change or the loss of trees in tropical rain forests around the globe, which results in a smaller living area for orangutans. Our planet is a cooperation between Netflix and the World Wildlife Fund and aims to show the audience what is happening to our planet and how much more there is to discover in the natural world. Many of the animals featured in the series can be seen on tours given by the Natural Habitat Adventures, one of the partners of the World Wildlife Fund.

From the frozen worlds to the jungle

Polar bears, walruses and orangutans

A mother polar bear and her cub sneak up on an adult ringed seal. Cubs stay with their mother for at least two years in order to learn how to hunt.

The picture shows one of the scenes in which the mother polar bear tries to teach her cub the fine techniques of hunting. Her cub follows her closely, however, the hunt will result in a failure, as most hunts on adult seals do. Polar bears hunt in overcast conditions, which makes it easy to blend into the surrounding, as they approach the target. However, changes in the ice and the landscape makes the hunting significantly harder for the polar bears. The climate change hits the habitat of the polar bears, and the bears are seen as one of the first species to face the consequences of climate change.

A walrus throws herself off a cliff, which she climbed to find a place to rest. The only way down, to the water, is to throw herself of the rocks and hope that she will survive this fall.

The scene in which the walruses and their struggle when it comes to the change of their habitat due to climate change are introduced can be named as one of the most heart-breaking and confronting scenes in our planet. Walruses use the icebergs to rest after long days of hunting. However, due to the rising temperature, there are less icebergs on which the walruses can rest. In the episode is shown how the walruses have a small piece of land on which around one million walruses have to rest. Obviously, the small area and millions of colossal animals who all wants to lay down results in friction. Therefore, some of the walruses try to climb up the cliffs to find a safe and calm place to rest. However, walruses are not build to climb cliffs and even though going up is already an immense struggle, to go down the walruses risks their lives as the let themselves fall from heights up to 100 meters. The scene resulted in an enormous number of reactions from watchers and eventually even a warning from Netflix on their platform as the scene can be considered as graphic.

Orangutan Lisa, who is currently in her late twenties, is shown on this picture using a stick as a tool to get ants from a tree.

In the scenes about orangutans the learning progress of different orangutans is shown. A baby orangutan and his mother are introduced as Eden and Ellie. The two are followed during several years and the footage shows how Ellie tries to learn Eden different techniques to obtain food, including using a stick to get ants and how to locate trees with fruit. In the episode, David Attenborough speaks about the estimates of orangutans that are lost,

we lose 100 orangutans every week from human activity. In the last four decades the pristine lowland jungle that orangutans depend on has declined by a staggering 75 percent”.

Showing that if humans do not act now, these animals might seem like a myth to our own children.

Travelling with responsible organisations such as Natural Habitat Adventures and WWF helps in order to conserve these animals and the nature they live in. The sustainable tourism that these organisations promote will bring revenue to the local communities and to the projects to conserve the species and the nature. Please join us on one of our many adventures that are available across the globe to witness these beautiful sceneries with your own eyes.

Tags: polar bears, orangutans, rain forest, our planet, David Attenborough, Eden and Ellie, Natural Habitat Adventures, WWF

About the author: Suzan Beek view all posts by Suzan Beek

Suzan is a specialist in the field on marine life. She is a Harvard University graduate with a background in wildlife conversation and blue whales. During her researches, she travels the world, currently having explored over 29 countries, including South Georgia and the Saint Sandwich Islands.

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