David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II began on Sunday night and became the most watched show of the evening with a whopping 10.3 million viewers. One emotional moment in particular had people in floods of tears.
The scene, which was shot in Svalbard, Norway, showed a walrus and her cub trying to escape starving polar bears.
David Attenborough explained that rising sea temperatures made it harder for the walruses to find safety on an ice float. At one point their fate looked sealed, as the mother cradled its pup in the sea – but thankfully they finally found refuge.
The bittersweet moment provoked a strong reaction from viewers, many of whom confessed to fighting back tears:
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Yet others highlighted that it was just one of an increasing number of issues affecting the natural world due to climate change.
Next time you moan about recylcling, just remember the mother Walrus on #BluePlanet2 trying to take care of her baby.
— F ????????⚪️⚫️ (@pecos_pest_) October 29, 2017
i’m sorry but if after watching #BluePlanet2 you still think global warming isn’t a thing, then ur dumb as shit & i hope a walrus smacks u
— lucy????????????✨???????????????? (@lucy_inthesky1) October 29, 2017
Climate change deniers NEED to see the footage of a Mum walrus holding her baby, trying to find somewhere for them to rest. ???? #BluePlanet2
— Debs Carnochan (@DebsCarnochan) October 29, 2017