So I’m not sure that an adequate introduction is even possible here. I found this, and I think it’s important for everybody to know it exists.
I don’t feel that this needs justification, but it does occur to me that an enterprising congressperson could enter this into the congressional record as part of a discussion on climate change. I’m almost tempted to make a transcript for a senator to use as a filibuster on the issue.
Partial description below for the hearing-impaired, or those who want to see my attempt at describing the sounds I’m hearing.
The “video” is a few words about what the video is, and then a single picture of a walrus for the entire 10 hours.
The first sounds are a sort of deep, resonant bellow, repeated a few times like the laughter of a giant who has been smoking giant cigarettes many times per giant day.
This is followed by what could be described as a sort of nasal snoring or sputtering noise, again – think giant here. These are all really BIG noises being made by a really big creature.
The sputtering concludes with what sounds like a high-pressure fart – almost like a trumpet tone. Then a few more bellows, followed by a sort of yell, like a person who was asked to smell something horrible, and accidently sniffed some of it into their nose and down their throat. And then they said, “Waaa. Wawaawaaawa!Wawa!” – but the sound is far back in the throat, as if whatever horrible thing was sniffed managed to get halfway down the walrus’s throat, and it was trying to get it back up before the swallow reflex kicked in.
There is another version of this noise that sounds like the walrus decided that while the initial experience was bad, it enjoyed making the noise, so started playing around with it.
Some of it also has the quiet sloshing of a massive creature moving in water.
The other primary noise is a fairly pleasant whistle. For those who don’t know, this is an actual whistle – pursed lips and everything. Several notes are whistled at different points in the video.
All of these noises continue, in various permutations and keys, for ten hours.