With all due respect to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, November’s most important race has nothing to do with the future of America, or whatever — it’s that footage of a baby iguana trying to run away from a bunch of snakes. The exciting (and for the iguana, unfortunate) footage comes from BBC’s Planet Earth II, which according to the Guardian was “the most watched natural history [program] in the UK for more than 15 years, drawing in 9.2 million viewers.” (The series will be broadcast on BBC America in January.)
How were the camera operators able to get such remarkable footage? Luck, actually. The Planet Earth II crew was only on location — on Fernandina Island in the Galápagos — to film the baby iguanas being born, but “what happened next had never been captured before,” a behind the scenes video from BBC Earth Unplugged boasts. “This is the first time snakes have been filmed hunting en masse.” If it looks like a bundle of garden hoses, that’s because it is: the slithering beauties aren’t working together to capture the iguana; it’s every snake for itself. That’s somehow reassuring. If the snakes ever get their sh*t together and start working as a team, humanity is doomed.
It will be impossible to find a plane without a snake.