Voyage to Kure

Safety Procedures

Chief Diver Blair Mott, conducts safety procedures on the six-person recompression chamber aboard the expedition vessel Searcher. The chamber is a safeguard for the expedition's deep dives. ©Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Force Fin

Expedition Leader Don Santee prepares customized force fins for the expedition dive team. ©Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Underwater Lighting

Matt Ferraro, expedition team diver, operates underwater lights, as a film team cinematographer shoots footage, using a high definition camera. ©Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Voyage to Kure Expedition Team

Although for many team members, this is the first time they've working together with each other, they have bonded together and are working as a cohesiveness unit. This is critical for successfully executing the different logistics required for diving and filming in remote conditions. ©Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Awa Ceremony

During the traditional farewell blessing and "Awa Ceremony" led by Kumu John Lake, Halau dancers performed special dances specific to the time-honored cultural traditions of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. ©Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Coral Reef Desert

Jean-Michel Cousteau dives the coral reef "desert" off Wakiki, damaged by pollution and other human impacts. ©Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Coral Desert off Waikiki

The dive team, including Jean-Michel (foreground) and Holly Lohuis (center) explore the "coral desert" off Wakiki. Prior to leaving Honolulu, the team dove and filmed off Waikiki - what a shock! Although the visibility was about 50’ with little surge in an area that has all the perfect ingredients for a healthy reef ecosystem - the right substrate, clear and warm water for coral growth – it was in fact, a barren coral desert. Waikiki’s land-based pollution from run-off and other human stresses on the reef has resulted in few hard corals.

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