Cousteau Reaches Remote Pacific Atoll

After 20 days at sea, Jean-Michel Cousteau and his crew of 22 landed the Searcher July 26 at Kure, the northernmost atoll in the world and turning point of their expedition to make a documentary film about one of the last pristine, large-scale coral reef ecosystems on the planet.

Speaking via satellite phone from the sun-splashed deck of the vessel en route back to the mainland, Cousteau told National Geographic News that now more than ever he and his crew believe every effort must be made to protect the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.