Voyage to Kure

Expeditions:Voyage to Kure Gallery

The Ocean Futures Society Team traveled over 1,200 miles on expedition for Voyage to Kure. Please click on the thumbnails to begin the slide show and be sure to visit all six galleries!

Expedition team members Holly Lohuis and Tove Petterson, with the assistance of the Searcher crew, offload the team's three weeks of recyclable garbage at Midway Island. © Holly Lohuis, Ocean Futures Society

A pod of spinner dolphins cruise through the lagoon at Kure Atoll. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

Schools of over 75 Galapagos sharks, like this one, swam under the Searcher during the three-day expedition stop at Kure Atoll. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

A close-up of a juvenile Galapagos shark © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

A view of Kure Atoll - the most northern atoll in the world - and the expedition team's final dive destination. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel Cousteau and expedition diver Holly Lohuis swim at night across the white sand flats off Kure Atoll, in search of feeding Galapagos sharks. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

Director of Photography, Paul Atkins, films Jean-Michel Cousteau and expedition diver Holly Lohuis as a juvenile Galapagos shark swims by. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

This image reflects key components of a healthy coral reef ecosystem in the NWHI: invertebrates, fish and a Galapagos Shark - a top predator in the food chain. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel Cousteau and expedition team members assist Cynthia Venerlip with pulling in a derelict net that was adrift in the lagoon at Kure Atoll. © Mike Westgate, Ocean Futures Society

Expedition team member Holly Lohuis dives with a semi-closed rebreather, which allows her to be silent underwater. This allows the dive team to closely approach underwater life without disturbance from air bubbles. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

Chief Diver Blair Mott assists Jean-Michel Cousteau and Dr. Beth Flint with transporting "Lanai," the rescued Laysan Albatross, to her new holding pen. The pen serves as her temporary home prior to her departure to Honolulu on July 31. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

Team member Holly Lohuis opens up Lanai’s homemade transport box and allows her to stretch her wings for the first time in 24 hours. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

Inquisitive Spinner dolphins swim in the Midway Atoll lagoon. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

The expedition team experiences great diving conditions: excellent visibility in blue, crystal clear water in the NHWI. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

Yves Lefevre films the team at work, while Ed Cassano, VP of Exploration, handles the cable for surface supplied lights operated by diver Matt Ferraro. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel Cousteau and expedition team member Holly Lohuis give each other an underwater "high-five" after a successful filming dive. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel Cousteau operates the diver "comm. box" topside, allowing him to communicate with the expedition team as they descend down to over 200 feet during an exploratory dive at the south end of Pearl and Hermes Atoll. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel Cousteau leads the way through the tight grottos at the north end of Pearl and Hermes Atoll. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

With a pod of wild dolphins swimming close by, the expedition team celebrated the life and accomplishments of friend and fellow diver, Paul Tzimoulis, Publisher, Skin Diver. © Nan Marr, Ocean Futures Society

A decomposing Laysan Albatross chick with a gut full of plastic is an all too-common sight on the remote islands of NWHI. © Holly Lohuis, Ocean Futures Society