Destination spotlight: Socorro Islands in Mexico

Our production crews photographed some amazing and rare creatures while on location in the waters surrounding the Socorro Islands, for Great Blue Wild. Also referred to as the Revillagigedos Archipelago, and frequently compared to the Galapagos Islands, this chain of four volcanic islands sits approximately 400km south of Cabo San Lucas in the eastern Pacific ocean.

The majority of endemic animal life found on the island consists of birds, and the only other vertebrates who call the islands their home are two species of iguanid, and one species of whipsnake. Many seabirds flock to these islands during breeding season, or as a stopover during migration periods.

These islands are a popular destination for scuba divers, as the surrounding waters house a number of amazing creatures, including the whitetip reef shark, Pacific manta rays and the largest of all fish, the mighty whale shark. Take a look through the gallery above to see some of the amazing photos our crew captured during their trip.