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!

Extremely heavy equipment is painstakingly carried several miles to the saline lake. © Nan Marr, Ocean Futures Society

Bits and pieces of plastic are collected at sea and deposited on the Laysan Lake shoreline by Albatross. © Nan Marr, Ocean Futures Society

Chief diver Blair Mott shows his enthusiasm as he prepares for this unusual dive in Laysan Lake. ©: Nan Marr, Ocean Futures Society

While exploring one of the most beautiful and remote beaches on Laysan Island, the sight of all kinds of debris confronts Jean-Michel Cousteau, stretching for miles along the shoreline. © Nan Marr, Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel Cousteau displays an array of plastic cigarette lighters, toys, vials, and other marine debris he collected during an inspection of the beach on remote Laysan Island. The debris is brought to the island by Albatross, which ingest plastic litter while foraging for food at sea. These birds and their chicks may regurgitate the plastics. Many times, however, the debris remains inside their gut cavity, causing death by starvation. As dead Albatross decompose, the plastics are re-released into the food chain continuing the negative cycle of death from marine debris. © Nan Marr, Ocean Futures Society

Director of Photography Paul Atkins and cameraman Yves Lefevre film, as Matt Ferraro operates lights to illuminate Jean-Michel Cousteau and diver Holly Lohuis as they swim through a narrow cave structure at Maro Reef. ©: Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

The team films Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly Lohuis swimming through an overhang. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

Cameraman Yves Lefevre filming underwater with a High Definition camera. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

A juvenile Masked Booby observed the team on a rocky outpost overlooking Mokumanamana, flanked on the left by a juvenile Frigate bird and an adult Frigate bird nesting on its right. © Tove Petterson, Ocean Futures Society

Spotted Eagle Rays grace the team with a "flyby" during a drift dive around Shark Point. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

The island of Mokumanamana arises abruptly out of the blue waters of the Pacific. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

Camerman Yves Lefevre films the waves crashing on the rocks at the water's edge surrounding Mokumanamana. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

During an exploration drift dive near Shark Point, the divers encounter a school of Blue-fin Trevallys. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel Cousteau and the expedition team encounter piles and piles of marine debris that has either washed ashore or been transported to Laysan Island by foraging adult albatross. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

After searching for food for miles across the vast Pacific, a Black-Footed Albatross feeds its hungry chick a meal. While the meal contains nutritious fish eggs and squid, it also unfortunately includes tiny bits of plastic, picked up by the adult bird in the foraging process. © Tove Petterson, Ocean Futures Society

The film team at work during a night dive in the waters off Nihoa Island. Expedition diver Holly Lohuis appears as a silhouette, as she waits for the cue to enter the camera frame. ©Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

Cameraman Yves Lefevre films a White-Tipped Reef Shark at night, swimming along rock structures. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society