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Jacques-Yves Cousteau – In Awe of the Oceans

  • László Erdős


Jacques-Yves Cousteau was fascinated by marine life and turned his full attention to the water world. In co-operation with engineer Émile Gagnan, he invented the prototype of the modern scuba gear, which started a new era in the study of marine and freshwater environments. After Cousteau acquired the ship Calypso, a former minesweeper, he modified it into an oceanographic research vessel and started to study the world’s oceans, seas, and rivers. As he witnessed the rapid deterioration of the marine environment, Cousteau became a conservationist. His films conveyed important conservation messages to the viewers. Cousteau played a central role in achieving the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling. Also, he successfully lobbied to save Antarctica, the last unspoiled continent.


Scuba gear Calypso Antarctica Madrid Protocol Cousteau Society 

Worth Reading

  1. Cousteau, J.-Y., & Dumas, F. (2004). The silent world. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society.Google Scholar
  2. Cousteau, J.-M., & Paisner, D. (2010). My father, the captain: My life with Jacques Cousteau. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society.Google Scholar
  3. Cousteau, J.-Y., & Richards, M. (1984). Jacques Cousteau’s Amazon journey. New York: Harry N. Abrams.Google Scholar
  4. Cousteau, J.-Y., & Schiefelbein, S. (2008). The human, the orchid, and the octopus: Exploring and conserving our natural world. New York: Bloomsbury.Google Scholar

Worth Watching

  1. Cousteau’s Rediscovery of the World (also known as Rediscover the World) (1986–1993)Google Scholar
  2. Amazon (1982–1984)Google Scholar
  3. Voyage to the Edge of the World (1976)Google Scholar
  4. Lilliput in Antarctica (1990)Google Scholar
  5. Jacques-Yves Cousteau: My First 85 Years (1995)Google Scholar
  6. My Father, the Captain: Jacques-Yves Cousteau (2011)Google Scholar
  7. The Silent World (1956)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • László Erdős
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  1. 1.MTA-DE Lendület Functional and Restoration Ecology Research Group, DebrecenInstitute of Ecology and Botany MTA Centre for Ecological ResearchVácrátótHungary

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