In more peaceful news... Midway is home of a staggering 3 million breeding seabirds, from 17 different species. After today's view of the bird traffic (on the cusp of Albatross breeding season), it’s a wonder how planes ever took off from the island. The US Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA and the state of Hawaii now manage Midway as part of the "Really Big P-word" National Monument (Papahānaumokuākea).
Laysan Albatrosses (below) make up half of the breeding bird population (~1.5M birds, each with a 6.5ft wingspan; that sounds like a load of guano to me!).
And members of the local population of spinner dolphins greeted us (interestingly we could actually hear their whistles from the bow of the ship!!)