SOCORRO ISLANDS awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status
The Revillagigedo Archipelago, off the coast of Mexico, has been newly inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Also known as the Socorro Islands, the archipelago consists of San Benedicto, Socorro, Roca Partida and Clarion islands which are the peaks of four volcanoes emerging from the Pacific Ocean.
UNESCO say ... 'By recognizing the outstanding universal value of a site, States Parties commit to its preservation and strive to find solutions for its protection. If a site is inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger, the World Heritage Committee can take immediate action to address the situation and this has led to many successful restorations. The World Heritage Convention is also a very powerful tool to rally international attention and actions, through international safeguarding campaigns'.
This archipelago is one of our favourite dive destinations, so we were really pleased to hear this great news!
UNESCO describe the islands ... "Known for their abundance of marine life that includes the Giant Pacific Manta ray, dolphins, marine turtles and sharks, the islands also provide during the winter a courtship and pairing area for the spectacular Humpback whale."
In their justification for the designation, UNESCO say ... "The fish fauna of the archipelago also presents a high degree of species richness with at least 321 species, 25 of which belong to the elasmobranquia, with 20 species identified as sharks and five as rays. Also, the waters surrounding the Revillagigedo Archipelago represent an important feeding, breeding and transit area for cetaceans of the Mexican Pacific, and 16 species of whales and dolphins have been registered in the area."
Read the full details (and see some amazing images!) on the UNESCO website.
Find out more...
You can find out more about the diving at Socorro by reading about our group trip in April this year ... Tales of Ocean Giants.
Dr Anne-Marie Kitchen-Wheeler studied manta rays for her PhD and spent many years working as a Dive Guide for us in the Maldives. We are delighted that she will be joining us at the Dive Show to share her fantastic knowledge and enthusiasm for these beautiful creatures, as well as her first hand experience of diving in the Maldives, Socorro and the Galapagos Islands. So if you are coming to the Show, look out for the Scuba Tours Worldwide Exhibitor Seminars:-
DIVE 2016, NEC, Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October
3:30pm - 'Diving with the Manta of the Maldives and Socorro'
4:10pm - 'Galapagos: the Enchanted Islands'
We often have group trips organised to the Socorro Islands ... go to our Exclusive Tours page for the latest trip dates - or contact our Sales Team for tailor made holidays.