Six Species of South American Frogs Go Extinct During the Making of Latest Sad Polar Bear Documentary
by SOPHIE AANERUD
Published: March 10, 2018
Created by Isabel Campisteguy, Courtesy of Air Reserve Personnel Center
The much anticipated documentary,Wandering Ghosts, premiered last Tuesday at the Seattle Mountaineers club headquarters, attracting dozens of environmental activists and advocates. The film is the latest in a series of documentaries following the lives of Greenland’s dwindling polar bear population.
Conflict erupted, however, during the post-screening question-and-answer session with lead-cinematographer and National Geographic photographer, Joseph Tully. While responding to a flood of questions regarding where one can purchase the film’s promotional bumper stickers and which airlines sport routes to Greenland, Tully disclosed that his team spent seven months above the arctic circle, collecting footage of the three bears featured in the documentary.
It was at this point that shouting broke out at the back of the auditorium as a heckler attempted to gain command of the dialogue.
“He was yelling about frogs,” audience member Charli Yu recalled. “Some question about how many Andean and Amazonian frog species went extinct over the course of the filming period. It was really not topically relevant to the event at all.”
The heckler, later revealed to be fellow National Geographic photographer Thom Peterson, was swiftly tackled by the audience members, forcibly removed from the premises, and curb stomped by several women in Patagonias.
A bloodied Peterson refused to comment on his motives for causing such a disturbance, only repeating, “Six! Six species of frogs went extinct!”
Tully has since confirmed that he knew the heckler, adding, “Thom and I used to be close at Nat Geo, yeah, but he got this tragic notion in his mind that the public cares about the disappearance of animals that aren’t big and fuzzy. The poor guy has such talent but no vision. He’s delusional.”