Blue Planet II viewers left heartbroken over mother whale carrying her dead newborn for days

This moving footage of a mother pilot whale carrying her dead newborn left viewers of Blue Planet II in tears and vowing to take better care of the environment.

Sir David Attenborough explains in the clip that humans “dump eight million tonnes of plastic into the sea” every year, and it “entangles and drowns a vast number of creatures” – including this whale calf.

He then says: “This mother has been carrying her newborn around, but it’s dead.

The mother refuses to let go of her dead baby (BBC)
The mother refuses to let go of her dead baby (BBC)

“She’s reluctant to let it go, it’s been dead for many days.”

Fans of the BBC show were quick to share how the bereft mother whale made them feel with some even going so far so to promise to never use plastic again.

Sir David then continued to explain how plastic breaks down and becomes toxic, making it “lethal” to top predators like these whales.

He added: “The calf may have been poisoned by the mother’s own contaminated milk.”

As a group of slow-moving whales were shown, he continued: “Pilot whales have big brains, and they can certainly experience emotions.

“Judging the adults, the loss of the infant has affected the entire family.”

The whole family were affected (BBC)
The whole family were affected (BBC)

Blue planet II is smashing ratings with last week’s episode even ‘breaking the internet’ in China.

According to reports, more than 80m Chinese people tuned in, causing the nation’s internet to slow down.

Blue Planet II continues on Sunday on BBC1 at 8pm.


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