The Wildlife Ecology Photography Association (WEPA) made the expedition “Socorro 2015,” named after the Mexican island in the Pacific Ocean, where it tooked placed from March 19th to April 3rd, 2015. The project is a premiere in Romania because it is the first time that Romanian photographers – Alin Miu and Andrei Surugiu – participated at an international project of underwater photography.
The purpose of the expedition was to identify and photograph the submarine wild life in Mexico, in particular a new manta ray specimen discovered, which will registered in Pacific Manta Research Group’s data base as Inkheart.
Alin Miu, said: “Mexico was chosen simply as a destination for the expedition because the area is extremely rich in marine life and biodiversity. It is truly spectacular underwater. Mexico is famous for diving destinations and we were delighted with what we found there”.
The project includes 28 photographs that capture unique coral reefs in the world and different species of manta rays: Island (which has been missing since 1994), Fourteen (was seen only 10 times during the same locations from San Benedicto), Barefoot (one newly identified) and Flyer.
The WEPA project can be seen at the National Museum of Natural History “Grigore Antipa” in the exhibition “Remarkable encounters – manta rays on Socorro island” event supported by the Mexican Embassy in Romania.
Socorro Island is part of the Revillagigedo archipelago, biosphere reserve declared by UNESCO, because of their unique ecosystem.
The 28 images will remain on display in the Museum’s permanent exhibition until July 12th of this year.
The opening took place on Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at 18:30 in the main hall of the Museum in the presence of His Excellency, Mr. Agustín Gutiérrez Canet, the Ambassador of Mexico and Dr. Luis Ovidiu Popa, General Director of the Museum, and Claudia Milea, founder of WEPA.
The Ambassador Agustín Gutiérrez Canet invited the public to the inauguration of the exposition “Remarkable encounters – manta rays on Socorro island” that will take place on Thursday 11th, at 18:30 in the National Museum of Natural History “Grigore Antipa”.