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Latest Attenborough BS–”Starving Polar Eating Poor Belugas”–Never Happened Before, He Lies

December 1, 2019

By Paul Homewood



h/t AC Osborn

Attenborough is on the march again tonight, with his latest load of BS:


A polar bear bravely leaped into a pod of beluga whales in a desperate bid to avoid starvation.

Sir David Attenborough’s Seven Worlds One Planet episode looks at the animals’ remarkable survival strategy in Hudson Bay, Canada.

Presenter Sir David says the country is ‘warming faster than any other country on earth.’

Warming temperatures are affecting sea ice, something polar bears depend upon for their hunting.

To combat this, one bear was seen waiting poised on rocks above.

It flung itself off and onto a passing whale below before taking the kill back to shore.

Sir David described this feat of perfect timing ‘a remarkable strategy for survival’.

Presenter Sir David explains that Canada is 'warming faster than any other country on earth'

Warming temperatures are melting sea ice, something polar bears depend upon for their hunting

Warming temperatures are melting sea ice, something polar bears depend upon for their hunting

As the footage of the attack is played, Sir David says: ‘One small group of bears has found an ingenious way of surviving the lean summer months.

‘This extraordinary behaviour has only been recorded here, in this remote corner of North America, and only in the last few years.’

He goes on to say: ‘We continue to transform our planet and the seasons are becoming less predictable. Will the wildlife of North America be able to adapt?’

The programme, which will air on BBC One on Sunday, looks at North America.

Just because David Attenborough’s cameraman has not seen this happen before, it does not mean it has not ever happened. These two scientists, for instance, saw exactly the same thing going on in the 1980s, off Somerset Island in the high Arctic.



Somerset Island. All of the narwhals and two of the belugas had been attacked and partially eaten by polar bears. At Cunningham Inlet, where belugas concentrate in large numbers, we have noted ten strandings over the period 1980-88, without bear predation on these occasions. One bear, hunting from an ice floe in deep water at Cunningham Inlet, killed two sub-adult belugas in July 1985. Belugas seem to exhibit curiosity towards swimming polar bears that might serve to drive bears out of the area and reduce the risk of predation. The potential large summer food resource for bears represented by odontocete whales in the High Arctic Archipelago seems to be underutilized. The timing and location of beluga concentrations are known and dates of probable strandings are somewhat predictable, which might allow us to assess the extent of bear predation on whales in the future

Note that this kill took place in the summer, just as Attenborough’s latest incident was. And there certainly should not have been a “shortage of sea ice”, given the much higher latitude at Somerset Island and the fact the sea ice was more extensive in the 1980s.

Smith and Sjare go on to detail the attacks:





The authors go on to suggest that whale attacks of this sort might be a “practised learned behaviour”, something which is known to exist among brown bears. In other words, it is not necessarily a common trait amongst polar bears.


And as Susan Crockford correctly points out, the polar bear in the film certainly does not look starving!

It is also worth noting that the comments on the Mail article are nearly all scathing of Attenborough’s latest rubbish.

  1. December 1, 2019 6:46 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate-

  2. December 1, 2019 7:02 pm

    The Atten-borg has lost the plot.

  3. December 1, 2019 7:09 pm

    The BBC photo of a polar bear in the Russian coal story
    is one of the many misleading things in the article.
    See my comment in the recent coal thread.

  4. Stonyground permalink
    December 1, 2019 7:15 pm

    When I was a kid there was a lad called Paul who was an incorrigible liar. Paul wasn’t very bright and the rest of us used to make sport out of calling him out on his fibs. It was entertaining as he would contradict himself and paint himself into a corner. His lies became ever more far fetched and ludicrous as he tried to dig himself out of the hole that he had created for himself. The BBC is starting to remind me of Paul.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      December 2, 2019 1:53 pm

      I thought your punchline was going to be ‘and then he changed his name to Alistair Campbell and went on to have a successful career in lying.’

  5. Athelstan. permalink
    December 1, 2019 7:47 pm

    Ursa Maritimus, might just give you a clue, not for nuffink are they so named.

    A big fit bear, doing what nature intended it to do, they’ll take whatever they see as catchable/edible, end

  6. December 1, 2019 8:18 pm

    There is a camp at Cunningham Inlet on Somerset Island where a person can go whale watching.
    Scroll down for pictures of whales.

  7. December 1, 2019 8:19 pm

    Is that true, or did you hear it on the BBC ?

  8. Mack permalink
    December 1, 2019 8:31 pm

    When Al Gore was a lad the polar bear population was circa 6,000. Now there’s only 30,000+ left, and growing year on year. The increase in numbers has bugger all to do with sea ice and food sources but international agreements to stop shooting them. They are apex predators who adapt their predatory habits to available prey, whatever the weather. That’s why they have survived through glaciations and warming periods much toaster than our own.

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      December 2, 2019 7:01 am

      And we still shoot 1000 a year, for the last 10 years. With increasing demands for a cull.

  9. MrGrimNasty permalink
    December 1, 2019 9:08 pm

    My comment was there and then it wasn’t, oh the joys!

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      December 1, 2019 9:24 pm

      Anyway, if anyone cares ‘the missing’ was essentially what I’ve posted on the WUWT article and on the other thread on here before this was one was put up.

  10. dennisambler permalink
    December 1, 2019 10:57 pm

    Meanwhile, in the real world:

  11. Pancho Plail permalink
    December 1, 2019 11:00 pm

    So if nobody has ever filmed it before it has never happened. You might as well forget most of the history you ever learned.

    • Jason Calley permalink
      December 1, 2019 11:26 pm

      “You might as well forget most of the history you ever learned.”

      That is certainly the technique used by climate alarmists when it comes to past temperature and weather events. “Medieval Warm Period? Never happened! Little Ice Age? Never happened! People killed by drought, storms, fires or flood? Uhhh…. Nope, never happened till now!”

  12. Pierre La Chance permalink
    December 1, 2019 11:03 pm

    That polar bear didn’t look very skinny

  13. Washington 76 permalink
    December 2, 2019 1:43 am

    Oct 8, 2019 Australians ‘are not silly’ and won’t buy into climate change ‘hysteria’

    NSW One Nation leader Mark Latham says the majority of Australians are “not silly” and will not be fooled by the rhetoric pushed by climate activists.

  14. Phoenix44 permalink
    December 2, 2019 8:41 am

    Not so long ago, when we saw something we hadn’t seen before, we marevelled at it and at our own lack of knowledge of the world.

    Now, it’s a sign of our destruction and our greed, because we know everything and have seen everything.

    When did we come to believe we were gods?

  15. MrGrimNasty permalink
    December 2, 2019 9:30 am

    Mark Carney appointed UN Envoy for Climate.

    Whilst we are all watching the Brexit squirrel, the chess pieces for the main scheme to steal national sovereignty continue to line up for check mate.

  16. john cooknell permalink
    December 2, 2019 10:00 am

    Here is a tip on environmental protection from another Knighted BBC Media Saint.

  17. Russ Wood permalink
    December 2, 2019 11:16 am

    I remember an old nature doccie (probably Attenborough) about the Arctic, where a small pod of belugas got trapped by closing ice, and had to stay in a comparatively small polynya in order to breathe. And a polar bear saw this and was waiting at the edge for one of the whales to give up. The doccie didn’t show a killing, but the polie knew what he was waiting for! So – standard behaviour – nothing to do with Global Scamming!

  18. Norbert permalink
    December 2, 2019 11:50 am

    From page 555 of the 1975 impression of the Larousse Encyclopaedia of Animal Life (first published by Hamlyn in 1967: “(The Polar Bear) can swim strongly, sometimes covering many miles, and hunts between the ice floes for seals, walruses, WHALE CALVES and fishes….”
    I would be happy to lend the book to the BBC for “fact checking”.

  19. December 2, 2019 12:11 pm

    it’s reaching full on stupid now and hopefully the public are waking up to this. In the US, record cold and snow are ripping through the country.

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