11 things we learned from Fabien Cousteau – who lived under water for 31 days

The food was ‘really, really awful’.

In 2014, Fabien Cousteau and his team embarked on a mission to break the world record for the number of days spent living under water.

They set up temporary quarters on Aquarius, an 81-ton vessel that serves as the world’s only underwater marine laboratory located nine miles off the coast of the Florida Keys and 63 feet beneath the sea.

Then 31 days later, the team emerged back on the shore, breaking the record formerly set by Mr Cousteau’s grandfather – the famous ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau – by a day.

Four years later, Mr Cousteau relives his Mission 31 experience on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything and here are 11 things we learned from the aquanaut. [ . . . ]

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The Cinematic Legacy of Jacques Cousteau

The man, the myth, the legend, and his persistent influence on screen. 

Since The Silent World nabbed the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1956, the name Jacques Cousteau has been synonymous with marine exploration. And while it’s easy to get lost in his prolific resume (which includes a stint as a spy with the French Resistance and co-inventing the aqualung), Cousteau’s legacy is undeniably one of influence; of sharing something he loved with the public and subsequently helping them fall in love with it, too. His work, on-screen and off, inspired a generation to take up scuba diving, to marvel at the alien beauty of undersea landscapes, and to become alert to the man-made problems that threatened their existence.

Cousteau was, bluntly put, pretty much singlehandedly responsible for popularizing modern marine conservation as we know it today. Which, last time we checked, makes him a huge fucking badass.

Of all Cousteau’s documentaries, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau was perhaps his most influential. The docu-series premiered in 1968 and brought the exploits of the Calypso and her heroic (and stylish) crew into the living rooms of thousands of eager viewers, a feat unmet by earlier nonfiction oceanographic efforts like Thirty Leagues Under the Sea (1914) and The Sea Around Us (1953). 

The series ran for seven years and featured pioneering underwater cinematography, a gripping sense of adventurism and (if you were watching stateside) the dulcet tones of Rod Serling. Given Serling’s then-fresh work on The Twilight Zone, I can’t imagine of a better narrator to shepherd starry-eyed viewers through this strange new world that had been lurking, just out of sight, right under their noses.

Cousteau’s influence is such that it is damn near impossible to depict oceanography in fiction without making a passing reference to the man. And of course, this is to say nothing of Cousteau’s role in countless technical innovations in underwater cinematography. All to say: cinema is greatly indebted to Cousteau, in large part because the aquatic activity he emboldened in his documentaries resonated (and continues to resonate) with untold numbers of filmmakers and audiences alike. 

So, in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, let’s dive into the cinematic legacy (and influences) of cinema’s favorite aquanaut [ . . . ] 

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What Jean-Michel and Céline Cousteau Want You to Know About the Ocean

The father-daughter duo share their thoughts on loving the ocean and teaching others about its wonders.Interview by Lauren Paige Kennedy; Produced by Lauren PhillipsJean-Michel Cousteau and Céline Cousteau, ocean advocates/filmmakers/familySon and granddaughter, respectively, of legendary diver and explorer Jacques Cousteau, the Cousteaus embody a generations-long effort to educate the human population on the wonders of the natural world, particularly the oceans. Most recently, they teamed up with narrator Arnold Schwarzenegger to deliver the upcoming Wonders of the Sea 3D.

The film is a literal deep dive into the underwater ecosystems between Fiji and the Bahamas, using new techniques to expose the ocean’s beauty as never before.

Source: What Jean-Michel and Céline Cousteau Want You to Know About the Ocean – Coastal Living

Sacre bleu! Cousteau’s life on screen at the Dunamaise Arts Centre

The magical biopic film featuring mesmerising footage of underwater life, ‘L’Odyssée’ is this week’s big screen treat at the Dunamaise Arts Centre.A French national treasure, Cousteau’s name will resonate with anyone who remembers the 1960s TV series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau on board The Calypso and his later work as an impassioned environmentalist.Highly influential and a fearlessly ambitious pioneer, filmmaker and conservationist, Cousteau’s aquatic adventure covers roughly thirty years of a life rich in achievements.The film screens this Wednesday, October 4, at 8pm.

Source: Sacre bleu! Cousteau’s life on screen at the Dunamaise Arts Centre – Leinster Express