Blue Planet II viewers couldn’t hold back the tears last night after watching a whale carry its dead newborn across the ocean. The heart-wrenching scene also saw other adult whales refusing to feed in apparent sympathy after the calf was believed to be poisoned by his mother’s polluted milk.
Sir David Attenborough’s narration then explained how the food chain was contaminated with toxic plastic as we “dump eight million tonnes of plastic into the sea every year”, putting a “vast number of creatures” in danger.
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— BBC One (@BBCOne) November 19, 2017
Viewers at home were left reaching for the tissues…
"She is carrying her newborn calf"
— Jennifer (@jenroselee_) November 19, 2017
— Bronagh.mclaughlin (@brona_mcglock) November 19, 2017
The last 10 minutes of tonights #BluePlanet2 has left me in tears. The whale and her dead baby she's been carrying around for days because of us dumb humans.
— Christian O'Connell (@OC) November 19, 2017
— Ashleigh. (@ashxvella) November 19, 2017
my tears are indistinguishable from the ocean at the moment #BluePlanet2
— Aisha Malik-Smith (@avocadamn) November 19, 2017
And the scene spurred many to become more environmentally friendly…
A grieving pilot whale carrying her dead baby for days…. oh I can't bear it.We have to change. #BluePlanet2
— Deborah Meaden (@DeborahMeaden) November 19, 2017
After watching the end of that episode of #BluePlanet2 I think I'm going to be a lot more careful about plastic bags..
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) November 19, 2017
And although the Blue Planet II team have addressed the problem…
— BBC Earth (@BBCEarth) November 19, 2017
It's not all doom and gloom, we've seen a 40% decrease in plastic bags on beaches in the UK since the 5p charge came in. What else could we do? Stats and image via @mcsuk #BluePlanet2 #OurBluePlanet pic.twitter.com/7KdW2I2lgd
— BBC #OurBluePlanet (@OurBluePlanet) November 19, 2017
There’s plenty everyone can do to make a difference…
“The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it.”
[Sir David Attenborough]
— Dr Lauren Gavaghan (@DancingTheMind) November 19, 2017
Planet Earth is mindbogglingly remarkable yet we seem to be doing our best to destroy it. We really do need to wake up and protect it before it’s too late. #BluePlanet2
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 19, 2017
Blue Planet continues on Sunday at 8pm on BBC1