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!

Yves Lefevre, Matt Ferraro, and Blair Mott enjoy the silent world of no bubbles, diving with rebreathers at Raita Bank, and the close encounters with a variety of pelagic species. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

A Galapagos shark swims down from the surface to get a closer look at the divers. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

"Bolus," an accumulation of indigestible matter, plastic fishing materials and squid beaks, from Albatross chicks on Tern Island. © Nan Marr, Ocean Futures Society

Chris Eggleston, Manager of Tern Island US fish and Wildlife, shows Jean-Michel Cousteau the "bolus," containing plastics and a mass of fishing line, illustrating the devastating effects of marine debris on seabirds found on remote islands of the NWHI. © Nan Marr, Ocean Futures Society

Expedition dive team member Matt Ferraro swims backwards while lighting up the scene for cinematographer Yves Lefevre. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

An inquisitive Galapagos shark came in to check out the divers exploring the coral formations. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

Schools of colorful damselfish were abundant near this reef structure. Expedition dive team member Tove Petterson swims quietly by to get a peek at these shy creatures. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

One of the two Manta Rays we encountered, this one made four passes near a coral head where it was getting cleaned. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

Filming the cave formations on the Western most tip of Maro Reef, cinematographer Yves Lefevre captures Jean-Michel Cousteau and expedition dive team member Holly Lohuis examining the diversity of "macro" life clinging to the underside of the ledge. ©: Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

The Ocean Futures Society expedition team arrives on Laysan Island by zodiac, to meet and plan the day with USFWS and NMFS personnel stationed there. © Nan Marr, Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel Cousteau and expedition team member Tove Petterson accompany Chief Diver Blair Mott as he prepares to dive the hyper saline lake of Laysan Island. © Nan Marr, Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel Cousteau assigns Chief Diver Blair Mott with the task of diving in Laysan Lake, a hyper saline lake, to film brine shrimp. © Nan Marr, Ocean Futures Society

Chief Diver Blair Mott returns from his dive in Laysan Lake while being filmed by both teams. © Nan Marr, Ocean Futures Society

An Albatross chick on a dwindling nest waits for its parents to return with food. © Nan Marr, Ocean Futures Society

Laysan Albatross chicks practice flying with outstretched wings. © Nan Marr, Ocean Futures Society

Albatross amidst native grass and sand on Laysan Island. © Nan Marr, Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel Cousteau stands next to remnants of a guano pile left from the 1920's mining operations. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

A dead Laysan Albatross chick with seven bottle tops in its gullet. Adult Albatross feed on flying fish eggs that the adult fish attach to floating debris. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

A shy Laysan Duck protects her brood in long grass near the interior lake. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society

A dead Laysan Albatross chick with a cigarette lighter lying next to it. © Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society