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.
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.
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.