Voyage to Kure

Spotted Eagle Rays

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

Underwater Filming

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

Lake Dive

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

Cycle of Death

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.

Maro Reef

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

Plastic Shoreline

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

To The Lake

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

Celebration of Life

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

Gut Full ofPlastic

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

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