Global Warming Documentary from IFAW

Earth a complex web life that is driven by the environmental forces surrounding it. Each year cooling temperatures turn the world’s more than regions, into harsh terrain. So cold is the temperature that the oceans freeze. Creating ice flows that crash together. Transforming open waters into white landscapes. But despite these harsh conditions, new life is born. For it is on these ice flows that mothers come in the thousands to give birth. The harp seal is an ice breeding species. What it spends much of his time in the water. Females require stabilize platforms for the birthing and nursing up their pups. Despite the marine mammals these parts cannot swim for the first several weeks and then life. There helpless and vulnerable. Females will nurse their young during the early days in the pup’s life. The couple gain weight quickly benefiting from its mother’s rich milk. Once wealth it is abandoned by its mother. Left to survive alone on the ice, until it develops the skills to swim and captured some food. As early as 12 days old, the pup will begin moth. It is fluffy white coat replaced with one that is coarse in dark. It is to pub develops to this critical stage. It has a fighting chance to survive. But a new threat to the seals make survival an even more dangerous game.

Global warming, in the last few years temperatures have risen to new record. And with these warming temperatures comes less ice. In the past nine, ten to eleven years, scientists have recorded lower than average ice conditions. A new and dangerous trend has emerged. Without solid ice on which to survive, heart seal pups, face one of them biggest challenges in, only their first few days of life. If a pregnant female cannot find solid ice in time, the pup will born in the water. There is no chance at all for these parts, death is swift. Others faced with slushy ice conditions will struggle to keep their heads above water. Many will not be able to insure the exhausting battle. Others may find loose ice packs on which to rest a need to be crushed. As these are pushed together by Wyndham ocean currents, some may be lucky to find a small my spam on which to survive. But their luck can be short-lived rough seas toss the ice pounds. The days on pops, must hold on to survive, most cannot. The result is tragic.

In 2002, in Canada warm temperatures lead to particularly poor ice conditions. Canadian government scientists estimate that seventy five percent of pop seal, pups born in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence died. This year, the conditions are worse. With almost no ice formed in the Gulf. Scientists estimate that 100 percent a pop seal pups in this region could parrish. Despite this bleak outlook, the Canadian government has committed the annual commercial hunting pup’s seals to continue. Each year the government sanctions the hunting hundreds of thousands pup’s seals, more than one million sales have been killed for commercial purposes. Over the last three years alone. This year the total allowable catch up seals has been set to 270,000. Sending shock waves have concern throughout the scientific community.

Experts worry that the large number of seals that had killed during the hunt. Coupled with the rising pup’s mortality, poses and increased risk to the harp seal population. Tragically it is a seal pups them struggling to survive one day at a time. But suffered a cruel irony of this, for those that survive the harsh conditions caused by global warming must face and even greater threat man. We must understand that our lives inextricably linked to those obtained animals. And to the environment we share. If we need to protect us and all that inhabit it. Our failure to act, will impact none more greatly than ourselves. By fighting for the survival of a single harp seal bomb. We are one step closer to creating a better world for animals and people.