Free-Tailed Bats: On Location | Hostile Planet


Humans and animals
are hardwired to endure and that includes our
“Hostile Planet” crew who had to go through
so much to bring you this incredible footage. RENEE GODFREY: We were filming
the bat sequence in New Mexico in the middle of the
baking hot desert to capture this amazing
emergence of thousands of bats in the evening light. MARK MACEWAN: They snake
out of these huge caves. But– well, that’s
great and they look great when they’re doing that. But you don’t want
to be in the cave when they’re doing that
because in the cave is hideous. You’re in there. And you are just being
rained on with bat feces and urine all over the place. When that’s not
happening, there are flesh-eating beetles falling off
the ceiling trying to bite you. You look at the floor
and it’s crawling with maggots and beetle larvae. It’s like Mordor. And the ammonia is
ridiculously strong. If we wander in there, I will
die within minutes if I’m not wearing a full
respirator kit, which in the middle of the
desert in 100% humidity is the last thing
you really want. The visor is filling with sweat. It’s like in a
leaky diving mask. OK. Now, for the surgical gloves. There’s a massive
amount of preparation before going into the bat cave. It’s to protect ourselves. But it’s also to stop
us taking anything in that could impact
or contaminate the bats’ environment. It’s just this crazy
ritual every day that we had to do if we
wanted to go into the cave. The snake test. MARK MACEWAN: The cave
that these bats live in is in a very steep-sided gorge. And climbing down there
is sort of snake alley. We’d have to throw
stones everywhere to try and give it a warning
that we’re coming down. You crawl down into these
huge, steep cave systems in these suits
that you can’t tear or have any imperfections in. And suddenly, you realized
you were going somewhere that wasn’t really meant for you. RENEE GODFREY: It’s
like walking on snow. You’re walking in on
big piles of guano. You can see why you need
to wear the respirators because with each
footstep, a cloud of dust comes up from the dry powder. MARK MACEWAN: So
we’d have this moment where we’ve set all the cameras
and we’d sit and we’d wait. If we got lucky, they’d
come out, but only for probably 10 minutes. The whole event is
over in 10 minutes. RENEE GODFREY: It
is extraordinary as they shoot out past you. You just get this rush of air
and this flap of their wings, which I know we captured
with the Phantom at 1,000 frames a
second beautifully. MARK MACEWAN: What
we were after was bats being predated by hawks. And these hawks come
flying in from nowhere and are just picking
bats out of the sky. And what we were kind of
really interested in in sort of the movement into
shots and trying to use high-speed
technology to really capture the moment of the capture. [music playing] RENEE GODFREY: The bat
cave in New Mexico, it’s not the most glamorous
of environments to work in, that’s for sure. But then the bats start to swirl
out as the evening light begins and suddenly you see
this amazing spectacle happening before your eyes. And it makes it worth it. [music playing]

100 thoughts on “Free-Tailed Bats: On Location | Hostile Planet

  1. The place is bat s–t. Hope none of those suits we're accidentally torn during on job. Respect to the team that made this possible.

  2. The bat is one of God's most amazing animals, the size of their colonies is breathtaking. An animal that navigates mainly through sonar is simply extraordinary, characteristics such as this can only be through design by a much higher power. I will keep it's wellbeing in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.

  3. We want a movie about
    Jethro City of the Prophet I did not see a film about her. The city is located in the north of Saudi Arabia (Al-Wajah)
    .
    The Arab tiger did not see a film about him, which is still in the mountains of the Hijaz and about to extinction

  4. Sou Brasileiro e domino muito pouco o ingles.
    Adoro seus vídeos mas eles poderiam ser traduzidos ou com Legenda em Portuques.
    Thank you very much!

  5. Filming in a bat cave requires a massive amount of preparation if it's to be done safely. What are your thoughts on this process?

  6. Wow The preparation you guys had to go through to film these beautiful animals! For this I thank you for bringing us this awesome footage 🦇❤️

  7. É difícil num ambiente primitivo que não sejam mordidos pelos morcegos porque o E bola anda aí ou por outros animais surpresa que possam aparecer!? O desconhecido e o mais surpreso e por vezes nada agradável ..Por mais conhecimento existe adrenalina certamente …Que voo tão agrupado que ficamos com o olhar estupefacto e não deixa de ter a sua beleza! Existe uma adrenalina certamente!! O mundo hostil entre animais ainda consegue ser menos e superar o mundo hostil dos humanos sendo mais agressivo e destruidor!!

  8. I watched a documentary about photographers getting these shots and it's just amazing what they go through

  9. Freakin' lootss of bats are flying… And none is crashing each other. Bloody hxll. What a great ultrasonic radar.

  10. Extraordinary job, the heat to endure is something that requires mental patience. Bats have extraordinary coordination and echolocation skills, and the video proved it. Also the hawks precisive vision was masterfully demonstrated here. Top quality content. Good job on this one.

  11. Спасибо! У вас хороший канал и мы рады тому, что ваши подписчики так часто посещают нас!) (Thank you! You have a good channel and we are glad that your subscribers visit us so often!))

  12. If I remember correctly, bats are the #1 carriers of disease in the world due to their sporadic migratory patterns.

  13. You did it again. Erase México name in all culture and nature on media. There is not sonoraran desert USA. Is Sonora Mexican territory. You keep rewriting history for the colonies. Shame of you pseudo historians funny channel.
    You can't destroy old civilizations.

  14. Wow. Seems like a wonderful job you guys have.

    Travel, try out different foods, explore.

    How can i possibly have a job like that?

  15. Why did they have to try and make this scary? Sure, bats can transmit rabies, but only .5% of them are carriers; the odds of transmission are pretty darn low, even with vampire bats. They don't target people, preferring larger mammals like cattle, pigs and horses, make a tiny little cut the animal doesn't even feel, and they only drink a few tablespoons' worth. A few tablespoons of blood from something the size of a COW! Plus, they look after one another; if a member of the colony is weak and can't fly out to feed, the others will groom it, and each regurgitate a little bit of food for it, so it can have a full belly. They're kinda sweet, really.

  16. If that is typical of bat caves, I wonder how the Peruvians managed harvesting guano for fertilizer?

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