Well ladies and gentlemen I am happy to report that I saw one in Mexico!
(photo curtesy of my cast mate John)
We were out on a snorkeling excursion in the Marietas Islands which was already a sight to behold....
when suddenly our tour guide asked us if we anyone wanted to see a blue footed booby. I freaked out and started screaming "Me!!! I do, I do!" Jeff was shocked because I'm normally not a huge wild life fan. He then guided us to a collection of rocks that boasted tons of blue AND yellow footed boobies.
Our guide told us that although they are mostly found in the Galapagos Islands a bunch have migrated to this cluster of islands off the coast of Puerto Vallarta. When I shared this fact with my Father he immediately became (jokingly) suspicious.
"I wonder if someone is just painting those birds feet? I mean what are they doing in Mexico?" He said.
My Dad grew up in Mexico so I tend to take his word on everything.
The birds feet looked legit to me so I'm gonna go ahead and say there was no hoax :)