(Video ) Incredible rare encounter with dozens of spotted eagle rays while snorkeling at white banks coral reef with @Sundiver Snorkel Tours in #KeyLargo , Florida. Typically if you have an encounter with a spotted eagle ray it’s swimming alone but during mating season you could see dozens of them swimming together and chasing each other around the reef and sometimes they even jump out of the water. You never know what you might see while snorkeling. Book your next snorkel adventure today with @Sundiver Snorkel Tours in Key Largo. Reserve your Snorkel Tickets online at: www.SnorkelTickets.com Or call 305-451-2220 to make a reservation. Follow us today on Instagram: @SUNDIVER ————————————————————- Video by: Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
FEATURED PHOTO OF THE WEEK: This has to be the most amazing photo I have ever seen of volcanic lightning discharged from an erupting volcano, also known as a “Dirty Thunderstorm”. The Calbuco volcano erupted on April 22, 2015 (Earth Day ) in southern Chile. Volcanic lightning occurs when fragmented particles collide in the volcanic plume and generate static electricity. PHOTO CREDIT: @francisconegroni_fotografia —————————————————————— NEW: Extreme Nature will now be featuring some of the most intense and extreme videos recorded by shooters around the world. There is so much incredible content out there I want to share. The plan is to post one “featured” post a week as well as any photos and video I shoot on future chases.
Paradise 🌴☀️ Dreaming of visiting #SandalsEmeraldBay Resort again in the near future. Most of the aerial images we shot around the #Bahamas look like paintings !! The Exumas are an archipelago of 365 cays and islands divided into three major areas, Great Exuma, Little Exuma and The Exuma Cays. Each island offers its own unique Bahamian experience. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature @SandalsResorts
Amazing encounter with nature !! We were lucky enough to observe infant green monkeys feeding and being carried around the Barbados Wildlife Reserve by their mothers. As the infant matures and becomes more independent, it will stray from its mother, being carried only when the troop moves or when danger threatens. Infants often appear blue in color, as they have little fur when they are born. However, as they mature, they develop a thick fur that is brownish-grey in colour with specks of yellow and olive green. In some lighting, the fur has an overall green appearance and is why they were named “green monkey”. Photo by Mike Theiss @sandalsresorts @islandroutes #LiveFunner
While exploring the island of Barbados we encountered a few curious and mischievous monkeys. The green monkeys found in Barbados originally came from Senegal and the Gambia in West Africa approximately 350 years ago. I suggest taking the @IslandRoutes tour to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve where you will see hundreds of monkeys and a few baby monkeys swinging through the trees. Photo by Mike Theiss @SandalsResorts #LiveFunner
The tropical sunrises in Barbados are simply amazing ! We have been waking up to reflecting palm trees and beautiful purple skies every morning. It’s so peaceful to sit on the beach and watch as the sky changes colors during sunrise. It’s a perfect way to start the day !! Photo by Mike Theiss. #SandalsRoyalBarbados @SandalsResorts
We are happy to announce our next assignment in Barbados !! Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island located in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, an independent British Commonwealth nation. Bridgetown, the capital, is a cruise-ship port with many historic colonial buildings. Around the island are beautiful beaches, coral reefs, shipwrecks, botanical gardens and the Harrison’s Cave formation. Local traditions include afternoon tea and cricket, the national sport. We are excited to have this expedition sponsored by @SandalsResorts and look forward to a having a great time as usual. Follow along over the next several days as we post photos and videos from our activities around the island. Photo by Mike Theiss
(Dashcam capture ) While storm chasing in tornado alley my Garmin dashcam captured a rare phenomenon called "upward-moving" lightning, also known as "ground-to-cloud" lightning. I witnessed this TV tower get struck 3 times in a 10 minute span. The third strike occurred when I was close to the tower and it was truly incredible. The lightning shot straight up from the tip of the tower and branched out like a tree up into the clouds and flashed several times before it finally discharged all its energy. Video still by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(Video ) The catastrophic 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season has officially come to an end !! This was a tough season to document with many emotional and scary moments. I’m honored to have worked with the @WeatherChannel on their latest TV project titled: Hurricanes 2017 “Cruel and Unusual”. The show premieres on the @WeatherChannel this Sunday December 3rd at 10pm(ET ). It was a pleasure working with @JimCantore and the rest of the Weather Channel production crew on this historic show highlighting the recored breaking hurricane season. There is an assortment of my video coverage from Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and Hurricane Nate in Biloxi mixed in throughout the show as well as an on camera interview discussing my chasing experiences. Please tune in to the Weather Channel this Sunday December 3rd at 10pm(ET ) to watch the show !!
Intense supercell thunderstorm with multiple lightning bolts striking the ground at the same time in Kansas after a long day of storm chasing. The sound was so loud it left my ears ringing for over an hour. Lightning is a massive electrostatic discharge between the electrically charged regions within clouds or between a cloud and the surface of the planet. The charged regions within the atmosphere temporarily equalize themselves through a lightning flash, referred to as a "strike" if it hits an object on the ground. TAG someone you want to go storm chasing with. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
Best assignment ever !! A few years ago I was camping alone on top of the Kilauea volcano with a sky full of stars. I have never felt more connected to mother earth in my life. The glowing red in the cracks is a river of scorching hot molten lava flowing underneath my campsite and the red glow on the horizon is where the lava is dripping and oozing into the Pacific Ocean. Kilauea is an active shield volcano located at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island in the Hawaiian Islands, the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the islands of Hawaii. TAG a friend you want to camp on this volcano with!! Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
Check out this incredible underwater video of king penguins swimming offshore of Salisbury Plain in the South Georgia islands courtesy of Paul North, director of @MeetTheOcean Meet the Ocean is a 501c3 multimedia nonprofit organization created to prioritize a healthy ocean via education. To learn more about this organization tune in and watch a series of podcast available on iTunes. Please visit MeetTheOcean.org to access the podcasts.
(On assignment with @LindbladExp ) Large male elephant seals (bulls ) warning other males to stay away by making a deep bleating noise. We documented many males fighting it out over territory on this cold morning at Gold Harbour in the South Georgia islands. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @LindbladExp ) On our last day of the expedition we visited Salisbury Plain on the South Georgia islands and within minutes of arriving a crippling snow storm unleashed blinding snow with harsh sub-zero temperatures. We were able to get a rare view at how these penguins survive in such extreme blizzard-like conditions. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @LindbladExp ) We encountered many types of penguins on this expedition to the South Georgia islands and one of my favorites and most photogenic is the macaroni penguin. We hiked up a steep hill through thick tussock grass at Cooper Bay to reach a large macaroni penguin colony to capture this shot. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @LindbladExp ) One adult king penguin surrounded by hundreds of baby chick penguins aka “oakum boys” at Salisbury Plain on South Georgia island. The chicks of the king penguin are covered in a brown down and sometimes referred to as “oakum boys” because of the resemblance to the youths who packed the seams of wooden boats with oakum, a tarred fibre, to make them watertight, wisps of the oakum stuck to them, so they were brown and fluffy and early seamen thought the king penguin chicks looked the same. TAG a friend. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @LindbladExp ) Baby fur seal known as a “pup” and his dad strolling the beach at Stromness Harbour. Fur seals are closely related to sea lions and share with them external ears, relatively long and muscular foreflippers, and the ability to walk on all fours. They are marked by their dense underfur, which made them a long time object of commercial hunting. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @LindbladExp ) Cute baby elephant seal, also called a “weaner”, giving me a nice portrait shot in the South Georgia Islands. After suckling her pup for about twenty-eight days, the mother elephant seal shuts off the supply of rich milk. The mother weans her pup abruptly so that she can return to the sea and replenish her depleted nutritional supplies after having fasted since coming ashore to give birth. She will leave her pup, now re-named “weaner” to fend for itself on the beach. TAG a friend you want to visit the South Georgia islands with. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @LindbladExp ) Say hello to the South Georgia islands welcoming committee. The king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus ) is a large species of penguin, second only to the emperor penguin in size. King penguins eat small fish, mainly lanternfish, and squid. On foraging trips king penguins repeatedly dive to over 100 meters (300 feet ), and have been recorded at depths greater than 300 meters (1,000 feet ). King penguins breed on the subantarctic islands at the northern reaches of Antarctica and the South Georgia islands. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @LindbladExp ) This current expedition to the South Georgia islands has been absolutely incredible and only possible because of the National Geographic Explorer expedition ship. Inaugurated in 2008, the Explorer is the world’s ultimate expedition ship uniquely equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment perfect for polar expeditions. Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 cabins, including 13 cabins with private balconies, six spacious suites and 14 cabins specifically designed for solo travelers. At 367 feet in length with six decks, she is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer startling views of the passing landscape. If you want to learn more about all the expeditions and locations @LindbladExp offers please visit the website www.Expeditions.com
(On assignment with @LindbladExp ) Today we encountered a large penguin colony with many baby chicks in the South Georgia islands. When first born, the baby king penguin has a very warm brown coat. After roughly 12 months, the youngling will go through its first moult. The baby penguin loses its brown coat, which gives way to the signature look of the adult penguins. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @LindbladExp ) VIDEO of two male fur seals fighting on the beach over territory for incoming female seals. There were dozens of fur seals and elephant seals lined along the beach of Godthul in the South Georgia and South Sandwich islands. Video by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @lindbladexp ) Elephant seal injured after fighting with a larger male for territory on the beach. Elephant seals are large earless seals in the genus Mirounga. They were hunted to the brink of extinction by the end of the 19th century, but have since recovered. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
Love is in the air !! We have arrived to Carcass island in the Falklands with @LindbladExp and discovered a colony of gentoo penguins on the beach. The long-tailed gentoo penguin is a species in the genus Pygoscelis, most closely related to the Adélie penguin and the chinstrap penguin. The first scientific description was made in 1781 by Johann Reinhold Forster in the Falkland islands. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature