by Meg Shields @ filmschoolrejects.com

Planet Earth 2 concluded this past Sunday with a look at the species that have adapted to a distinctly un-natural habitat: cities.

A decade ago in the companion series Planet Earth: The Future, a panel of specialists weighed in on endangered species, the systematic eradication of ecosystems, and what the best way forward might be.

Two-thirds of the way into “Cities” the other shoe drops. In a single scene Planet Earth II shows us what it looks like when wildlife can’t adapt to human development. Mistaking the electric light of the city for the moon reflecting off the sea, newly hatched sea turtles make their way into the path of predators, storm drains and oncoming traffic. It’s an incredibly upsetting and effective sequence. Our narrator David Attenborough explains: “This turtle is one of the countless species that have been unable to adapt…only a small amount of animals have managed to find ways of living alongside us.”