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The Coolest Places On Earth: The Marieta Islands, Mexico (Pictures)

Off the western coast of Mexico, about 150 miles west of Guadalajara, lies a pair of uninhabited islands with a very peculiar history.

Formed by volcanic activity thousands of years ago, the islands have never been settled upon by anybody. In the early 1900s, the Mexican government decided to use the islands for military explosives testing, creating a number of extraordinary caves and rock formations on the islands.

Check out some pictures of the islands below:

In the late 1960s, world-famous scientist and environmental activist Jacques Cousteau led an international outcry about the testing, prompting the Mexican government to turn the islands into a national park.

Hunting, fishing and human activity are prohibited on the island, though visitors are allowed to check out the hidden beaches and caves created by the explosions.

The biodiversity of the islands is legendary. Visitors regularly report seeing sea turtles, manta rays, octopus, dolphins, and humpback whales, as well as thousands of species of tropical fish.

The islands are also home to a number of bird species, including the famous Blue-footed Booby, who has quite the scandalous sex life.

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Blue-Footed Boobies: Their Scandalous Sex Lives And the Secret Behind Their Blue Feet (Video)

Blue-footed boobies are pretty fascinating as far as bird species go. The birds are a marine species, only needing land for mating and raising rearing their young.

The birds can be found up and down the Pacific coast from California all the way down to Peru, including in the world famous Galapagos Islands.

The birds are known for their bright blue feet, which they incorporate into their elaborate mating rituals. The birds use the blue feet as an indicator of health and potency: bluer feet mean a better potential mate.

The birds just can’t resist a really blue pair of feet, and often engage in extra-marital affairs. However, they always return to their life partner at the end of the day.

Check out the blue-footed booby’s mating dance and learn about their strange sex lives in the video below: