Jacques Cousteau

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Jacques Cousteau,
Jacques-Yves Cousteau.jpg
Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1976
BornJacques-Yves Cousteau
(1910-06-11)11 June 1910
Gironde, France
Died25 June 1997(1997-06-25) (aged 87)
Paris, France
Spouse(s)Simone Melchior Cousteau (1937-1990)
Francine Triplet Cousteau (1991-1997)
Children4, Jean-Michel, Philippe Cousteau, Diane, and Pierre-Yves.
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Jacques Cousteau,
Jacques-Yves Cousteau.jpg
Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1976
BornJacques-Yves Cousteau
(1910-06-11)11 June 1910
Gironde, France
Died25 June 1997(1997-06-25) (aged 87)
Paris, France
Spouse(s)Simone Melchior Cousteau (1937-1990)
Francine Triplet Cousteau (1991-1997)
Children4, Jean-Michel, Philippe Cousteau, Diane, and Pierre-Yves.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau AC (French: [ʒak iv kusto]; commonly known in English as Jacques Cousteau; 11 June 1910 – 25 June 1997)[1] was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed the Aqua-Lung, pioneered marine conservation and was a member of the Académie française.

Cousteau described his underwater world research in series of books, perhaps most successful being his first book, The Silent World: A Story of Undersea Discovery and Adventure, published in 1953. Cousteau also directed films, most notably the documentary adaptation of the book, The Silent World, which won a Palme d'or at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. He remained the only person to win a Palme d'Or for a documentary film, until Michael Moore won the award in 2004 for Fahrenheit 9/11.


"The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before,
the old phrase has a literal meaning: We are all in the same boat."

Jacques Cousteau

Early years

Cousteau was born on 11 June 1910, in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, Gironde, France to Daniel and Élisabeth Cousteau. He had one brother, Pierre-Antoine. Cousteau completed his preparatory studies at the Collège Stanislas in Paris. In 1930, he entered the École Navale and graduated as a gunnery officer. After an automobile accident cut short his career in naval aviation, Cousteau indulged his interest in the sea.

In Toulon, where he was serving on the Condorcet, Cousteau carried out his first underwater experiments, thanks to his friend Philippe Tailliez who in 1936 lent him some Fernez underwater goggles, predecessors of modern swimming goggles.[1] Cousteau also belonged to the information service of the French Navy, and was sent on missions to Shanghai and Japan (1935–1938) and in the USSR (1939).[citation needed]

On 12 July 1937 he married Simone Melchior, with whom he had two sons, Jean-Michel (born 1938) and Philippe (1940–1979). His sons took part in the adventures of the Calypso. In 1991, one year after his wife Simone's death from cancer, he married Francine Triplet. They already had a daughter Diane Cousteau (born 1980) and a son Pierre-Yves Cousteau (born 1982), born during Cousteau's marriage to his first wife.

Early 1940s: Innovation of modern underwater diving

The years of World War II were decisive for the history of diving. After the armistice of 1940, the family of Simone and Jacques-Yves Cousteau took refuge in Megève, where he became a friend of the Ichac family who also lived there. Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Marcel Ichac shared the same desire to reveal to the general public unknown and inaccessible places — for Cousteau the underwater world and for Ichac the high mountains. The two neighbors took the first ex-aequo prize of the Congress of Documentary Film in 1943, for the first French underwater film: Par dix-huit mètres de fond (18 meters deep), made without breathing apparatus the previous year in the Embiez islands (Var) with Philippe Tailliez and Frédéric Dumas, using a depth-pressure-proof camera case developed by mechanical engineer Léon Vèche (engineer of Arts and Métiers and the Naval College).

In 1943, they made the film Épaves (Shipwrecks), in which they used two of the very first Aqua-Lung prototypes. These prototypes were made in Boulogne-Billancourt by the Air Liquide company, following instructions from Cousteau and Émile Gagnan.[2] When making Épaves, Cousteau could not find the necessary blank reels of movie film, but had to buy hundreds of small still camera film reels the same width, intended for a make of child's camera, and cemented them together to make long reels.[3][4]

Having kept bonds with the English speakers (he spent part of his childhood in the United States and usually spoke English) and with French soldiers in North Africa (under Admiral Lemonnier), Jacques-Yves Cousteau (whose villa "Baobab" at Sanary (Var) was opposite Admiral Darlan's villa "Reine"), helped the French Navy to join again with the Allies; he assembled a commando operation against the Italian espionage services in France, and received several military decorations for his deeds. At that time, he kept his distance from his brother Pierre-Antoine Cousteau, a "pen anti-semite" who wrote the collaborationist newspaper Je suis partout (I am everywhere) and who received the death sentence in 1946. However, this was later commuted to a life sentence, and Pierre-Antoine was released in 1954.

During the 1940s, Cousteau is credited with improving the aqua-lung design which gave birth to the open-circuit scuba technology used today. According to his first book, The Silent World: A Story of Undersea Discovery and Adventure (1953), Cousteau started diving with Fernez goggles in 1936, and in 1939 used the self-contained underwater breathing apparatus invented in 1926 by Commander Yves le Prieur.[3] Cousteau was not satisfied with the length of time he could spend underwater with the Le Prieur apparatus so he improved it to extend underwater duration by adding a demand regulator, invented in 1942 by Émile Gagnan.[3] In 1943 Cousteau tried out the first prototype aqua-lung which finally made extended underwater exploration possible.

Late 1940s: GERS and Élie Monnier

In 1946, Cousteau and Tailliez showed the film "Épaves" to Admiral Lemonnier, and the admiral gave them the responsibility of setting up the Groupement de Recherches Sous-marines (GRS) (Underwater Research Group) of the French Navy in Toulon. A little later it became the GERS (Groupe d'Études et de Recherches Sous-Marines, = Underwater Studies and Research Group), then the COMISMER ("COMmandement des Interventions Sous la MER", = "Undersea Interventions Command"), and finally more recently the CEPHISMER. In 1947, Chief Petty Officer Maurice Fargues became the first diver to die using an aqualung while attempting a new depth record with the GERS near Toulon.[5]

In 1948, between missions of mine clearance, underwater exploration and technological and physiological tests, Cousteau undertook a first campaign in the Mediterranean on board the sloop Élie Monnier,[6][7] with Philippe Tailliez, Frédéric Dumas, Jean Alinat and the scenario writer Marcel Ichac. The small team also undertook the exploration of the Roman wreck of Mahdia (Tunisia). It was the first underwater archaeology operation using autonomous diving, opening the way for scientific underwater archaeology. Cousteau and Marcel Ichac brought back from there the Carnets diving film (presented and preceded with the Cannes Film Festival 1951).

Cousteau and the Élie Monnier then took part in the rescue of Professor Jacques Piccard's bathyscaphe, the FNRS-2, during the 1949 expedition to Dakar. Thanks to this rescue, the French Navy was able to reuse the sphere of the bathyscaphe to construct the FNRS-3.

The adventures of this period are told in the two books The Silent World (1953, by Cousteau and Dumas) and Plongées sans câble (1954, by Philippe Tailliez).


In 1949, Cousteau left the French Navy.

In 1950, he founded the French Oceanographic Campaigns (FOC), and leased a ship called Calypso from Thomas Loel Guinness for a symbolic one franc a year. Cousteau refitted the Calypso as a mobile laboratory for field research and as his principal vessel for diving and filming. He also carried out underwater archaeological excavations in the Mediterranean, in particular at Grand-Congloué (1952).

With the publication of his first book in 1953, The Silent World, he correctly predicted the existence of the echolocation abilities of porpoises. He reported that his research vessel, the Élie Monier, was heading to the Straits of Gibraltar and noticed a group of porpoises following them. Cousteau changed course a few degrees off the optimal course to the center of the strait, and the porpoises followed for a few minutes, then diverged toward mid-channel again. It was evident that they knew where the optimal course lay, even if the humans did not. Cousteau concluded that the cetaceans had something like sonar, which was a relatively new feature on submarines.

Cousteau won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1956 for The Silent World co-produced with Louis Malle. With the assistance of Jean Mollard, he made a "diving saucer" SP-350, an experimental underwater vehicle which could reach a depth of 350 meters. The successful experiment was quickly repeated in 1965 with two vehicles which reached 500 meters.

In 1957, he was elected as director of the Oceanographical Museum of Monaco. He directed Précontinent, about the experiments of diving in saturation (long-duration immersion, houses under the sea), and was admitted to the United States National Academy of Sciences.

He was involved in the creation of Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques and served as its inaugural president from 1959 to 1973.[8]

In October 1960, a large amount of radioactive waste was going to be discarded in the Mediterranean Sea by the Commissariat à l'énergie atomique (CEA). The CEA argued that the dumps were experimental in nature, and that French oceanographers such as Vsevelod Romanovsky had recommended it. Romanovsky and other French scientists, including Louis Fage and Jacques Cousteau, repudiated the claim, saying that Romanovsky had in mind a much smaller amount. The CEA claimed that there was little circulation (and hence little need for concern) at the dump site between Nice and Corsica, but French public opinion sided with the oceanographers rather than with the CEA atomic energy scientists. The CEA chief, Francis Perrin, decided to postpone the dump.[9] Cousteau organized a publicity campaign which in less than two weeks gained wide popular support. The train carrying the waste was stopped by women and children sitting on the railway tracks, and it was sent back to its origin.

Cousteau on the Calypso.

A meeting with American television companies (ABC, Métromédia, NBC) created the series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, with the character of the commander in the red bonnet inherited from standard diving dress) intended to give the films a "personalized adventure" style. This documentary television series ran for ten years from 1966 to 1976. A second documentary series, The Cousteau Odyssey, ran from 1977 to 1982, among others.

In 1970, he wrote the book The Shark: Splendid Savage of the Sea with Philippe, his son. In this book, Costeau described the oceanic whitetip shark as "the most dangerous of all sharks".

In 1973, along with his two sons and Frederick Hyman, he created the Cousteau Society for the Protection of Ocean Life, Frederick Hyman being its first President; it now has more than 300,000 members.

In 1975, John Denver released the tribute song "Calypso" on his album "Windsong", and on the B-side of his hit song "I'm Sorry". "Calypso" became a hit on its own and was later considered the new A-side, reaching #2 on the charts.

In December 1975, two years after the volcano's last eruption, The Cousteau Society was filming Voyage au bout du monde on Deception Island, Antarctica, when Michel Laval, Calypso's second in command, was struck and killed by a rotor of the helicopter that was ferrying between Calypso and the island.

In 1976, Cousteau uncovered the wreck of HMHS Britannic. He also found the wreck of the French 17th-century ship-of-the-line La Therese in coastal waters of Crete.

In 1977, together with Peter Scott, he received the UN International Environment prize.

On 28 June 1979, while the Calypso was on an expedition to Portugal, his second son, Philippe, his preferred and designated successor and with whom he had co-produced all his films since 1969, died in a PBY Catalina flying boat crash in the Tagus river near Lisbon. Cousteau was deeply affected. He called his then eldest son, the architect Jean-Michel Cousteau, to his side. This collaboration lasted 14 years.


From 1980 to 1981, he was a regular on the animal reality show Those Amazing Animals, along with Burgess Meredith, Priscilla Presley, and Jim Stafford.

Cousteau's Diving Saucer

In 1980, Cousteau traveled to Canada to make two films on the Saint Lawrence River and the Great Lakes, Cries from the Deep and St. Lawrence: Stairway to the Sea.[10]

In 1985, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Ronald Reagan.

On 24 November 1988, he was elected to the Académie française, chair 17, succeeding Jean Delay. His official reception under the cupola took place on 22 June 1989, the response to his speech of reception being given by Bertrand Poirot-Delpech. After his death, he was replaced by Érik Orsenna on 28 May 1998.

In June 1990, the composer Jean Michel Jarre paid homage to the commander by entitling his new album Waiting for Cousteau. He also composed the music for Cousteau's documentary "Palawan, the last refuge".

On 2 December 1990, his wife Simone Cousteau died of cancer.

In June 1991, in Paris, Jacques-Yves Cousteau remarried, to Francine Triplet, with whom he had (before this marriage) two children, Diane and Pierre-Yves. Francine Cousteau currently continues her husband's work as the head of the Cousteau Foundation and Cousteau Society. From that point, the relations between Jacques-Yves and his elder son worsened.

In November 1991, Cousteau gave an interview to the UNESCO Courier, in which he stated that he was in favour of human population control and population decrease. Widely quoted on the Internet are these two paragraphs from the interview: "What should we do to eliminate suffering and disease? It's a wonderful idea but perhaps not altogether a beneficial one in the long run. If we try to implement it we may jeopardize the future of our species...It's terrible to have to say this. World population must be stabilized and to do that we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. This is so horrible to contemplate that we shouldn't even say it. But the general situation in which we are involved is lamentable".[11]

In 1992, he was invited to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the United Nations' International Conference on Environment and Development, and then he became a regular consultant for the UN and the World Bank.

In 1996, he sued his son who wished to open a holiday centre named "Cousteau" in the Fiji Islands.

On 11 January 1996, Calypso was rammed and sunk in Singapore Harbour by a barge. The Calypso was refloated and towed home to France.


Jacques-Yves Cousteau died of a heart attack on 25 June 1997 in Paris, aged 87.[12] Despite persistent rumors, encouraged by some Islamic publications and websites, Cousteau did not convert to Islam, and when he died he was buried in a Roman Catholic Christian funeral.[13] He was buried in the family vault at Saint-André-de-Cubzac in France. An homage was paid to him by the city by the inauguration of a "rue du Commandant Cousteau", a street which runs out to his native house, where a commemorative plaque was affixed.


During his lifetime, Jacques-Yves Cousteau received these distinctions:


Cousteau's submarine near Oceanographic Museum in Monaco

Cousteau's legacy includes more than 120 television documentaries, more than 50 books, and an environmental protection foundation with 300,000 members.[1]

Cousteau liked to call himself an "oceanographic technician." He was, in reality, a sophisticated showman, teacher, and lover of nature. His work permitted many people to explore the resources of the oceans.

His work also created a new kind of scientific communication, criticised at the time by some academics. The so-called "divulgationism", a simple way of sharing scientific concepts, was soon employed in other disciplines and became one of the most important characteristics of modern television broadcasting.

Cousteau died on 25 June 1997. The Cousteau Society and its French counterpart, l'Équipe Cousteau, both of which Jacques-Yves Cousteau founded, are still active today. The Society is currently attempting to turn the original Calypso into a museum and it is raising funds to build a successor vessel, the Calypso II.

In his last years, after marrying again, Cousteau became involved in a legal battle with his son Jean-Michel over Jean-Michel licensing the Cousteau name for a South Pacific resort, resulting in Jean-Michel Cousteau being ordered by the court not to encourage confusion between his for-profit business and his father's non-profit endeavours.

In 2007, the International Watch Company introduced the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph "Cousteau Divers" Special Edition. The timepiece incorporated a sliver of wood from the interior of Cousteau's Calypso research vessel. Having developed the diver's watch, IWC offered support to The Cousteau Society. The proceeds from the timepieces' sales were partially donated to the non-profit organization involved into conservation of marine life and preservation of tropical coral reefs.[16]


#YearFrenchEnglishCousteau Film
1. Films I
1F1956Le Monde du silenceThe Silent WorldYes
2S1958/1959Histoire d’un poisson rougeThe Golden FishYes
3F1964/1965Le Monde sans soleilWorld Without SunYes
2. The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau I
11966L’aventure PrécontinentThe World of Jacques-Yves CousteauYes
21967/1968Les RequinsSharksYes
31967/1968La jungle de corailThe Savage World of the Coral JungleYes
41968Search in the DeepYes
51968Baleines et cachalotsWhalesYes
61968/1969Le voyage surprise de Pepito et CristobalThe Unexpected Voyage of Pepito and CristobalYes
71968/1969Trésor engloutiSunken TreasureYes
81968/1969La légende du lac TiticacaThe Legend of Lake TiticacaYes
91969Les baleines du désertThe Desert WhalesYes
101969/1970La nuit des calmarsThe Night of the SquidYes
111969/1970La retour des Éléphants de merThe Return of the Sea ElephantsYes
121970Ces incroyables machines plongeantesThose Incredible Diving MachinesYes
131970La mer vivanteThe Water PlanetYes
141970La tragédie des Saumons rougesThe Tragedy of the Red SalmonYes
151970/1971Le lagon des navires perdusLagoon of Lost ShipsYes
161971Les Dragons des GalápagosThe Dragons of the GalapagosYes
171971Cavernes engloutiesSecrets of the Sunken CavesYes
181971Le sort des Loutres de merThe Unsinkable Sea Otter!Yes
191971/1972Pieuvre, petite pieuvreOctopus, OctopusYes
201971/1972Les dernières SirènesThe Forgotten MermaidsYes
211972Le chant des dauphinsA Sound of DolphinsYes
221972/1973Le sourire du MorseA Smile of the WalrusYes
231973500 millions d’années sous la mer500 Million Years Beneath the SeaYes
241973Hippo, HippoHippo!Yes
251973La baleine qui chanteThe Singing WhaleYes
261973/1974Mission Cousteau en Antarctique. Partie I. La glace et le feuCousteau in the Antarctic. Part I. South to Fire and IceYes
271974Mission Cousteau en Antarctique. Partie II. Le vol du PingouinCousteau in the Antarctic. Part II. The Flight of PenguinsYes
281974Mission Cousteau en Antarctique. Partie III. La vie sous un océan de glaceCousteau in the Antarctic. Part III. Beneath the Frozen WorldYes
291974Mission Cousteau en Antarctique. Partie IV. Blizzard à EsperanzaCousteau in the Antarctic. Part IV. Blizzard at Hope BayYes
301974/1975Patagonie: La vie au bout du mondeLife at the End of the WorldYes
311975L’hiver des CastorsBeavers of the North CountryYes
321975Les Fous du CorailThe Coral Divers of CorsicaYes
331975Les requins dormeurs du YucatánThe Sleeping Sharks of YucatánYes
341975/1976Coup d’aile sous la mer: IsabellaThe Sea Birds of IsabellaYes
351976Mysteries of the Hidden ReefsYes
361976Le Poisson qui a gobé JonasThe Fish That Swallowed JonahYes
371976The Incredible March of the Spiny LobstersYes
3. Films II
4F*1976Voyage au bout du mondeVoyage to the Edge of the WorldYes
4. Oasis in Space
1S1977What Price Progress?No
2S1977Troubled WatersNo
3S1977Grain of ConscienceNo
4S1977Population Time BombNo
5S1977The Power GameNo
6S1977Visions of TomorrowNo
5. The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau II
381977L’énigme du BritannicCalypso’s Search for the BritannicYes
391978Le butin de Pergame sauvé des eauxDiving for Roman PlunderYes
401978À la recherche de l’Atlantide. Partie ICalypso’s Search for Atlantis. Part IYes
411978À la recherche de l’Atlantide. Partie IICalypso’s Search for Atlantis. Part IIYes
421978Le testament de l'île de PâquesBlind Prophets of Easter IslandYes
431978Ultimatum sous la merTime Bomb at Fifty FathomsYes
441979Le sang de la merMediterranean: Cradle or Coffin?Yes
451979Le Nil. Partie IThe Nile. Part IYes
461979Le Nil. Partie IIThe Nile. Part IIYes
471980Fortunes de merLost Relics of the SeaYes
481980/1981Clipperton: île de la solitudeClipperton: The Island Time ForgotYes
491981/1982Sang chaud dans la merWarm-Blooded Sea: Mammals of the DeepYes
6. North American Adventures
1F1981/1981**Les Pièges de la merCries from the DeepNo
2F1982Du grand large aux grands lacSaint Lawrence: Stairway to the SeaYes
7. Cousteau's Amazon Series
1S1982Calypso Countdown: Rigging for the AmazonYes
21983/1984Au pays des milles rivièresJourney to a Thousand RiversYes
31983/1984La rivière enchantéeThe Enchanted RiverYes
41983/1984Ombres fuyantes — Indiens de l’AmazonieShadows in the Wilderness — Indians of the AmazonYes
51983/1984La rivière de l’orRiver of GoldYes
61984Message d’un monde perduLegacy of a Lost WorldYes
71984Un avenir pour l’AmazonieBlueprints for AmazoniaYes
81984/1985Tempête de neige sur la jungleSnowstorm in the JungleYes
8. Other releases I
11985Le Mississippi. Partie I. Un Allié récalcitrantCousteau at Mississippi. The Reluctant AllyYes
21985Le Mississippi. Partie II. Allié et adversaireCousteau at Mississippi. The Friendly FoeYes
31985Jacques-Yves Cousteau: mes premier 75 ans (1)Jacques Cousteau: The First 75 Years (1)No
41985Jacques-Yves Cousteau: mes premier 75 ans (2)Jacques Cousteau: The First 75 Years (2)No
51985/1986Alcyone, fille du ventRiders of the WindYes
1988Island of PeaceYes
9. Cousteau's Rediscovery of the World I
11986Haïti: L’eau de chagrinHaiti: Waters of SorrowYes
21986Cuba: les eaux du destinCuba: Waters of DestinyYes
31986Cap Horn: les eaux du ventCape Horn: Waters of the WindYes
41986/1987L’héritage de CortezSea of Cortez: Legacy of CortezYes
51987Les Îles Marquises: montagnes de la merMarquesas islands: Mountains from the SeaYes
61987Îles du Détroit: les eaux de la discordeChannel Islands: Waters of ContentionYes
71987Îles du Détroit: à l’approche d’une marée humaineChannel Islands: Days of Future PastYes
81988Nouvelle-Zélande: la Rose et le dragonNew Zealand: The Rose and the DragonYes
91988Nouvelle-Zélande: au pays du long nuage blancNew Zealand: The Heron of the Single FlightYes
101988Au pays des totems vivantsPacific Northwest: Land of the Living TotemsYes
111988Tahiti: l’eau de feuTahiti: Fire WatersYes
121988/1989Les Requins de l'île au trésorCocos Island: Sharks of Treasure IslandYes
131988/1989Mer de Béring: Le crépuscule du chasseur en AlaskaBering Sea: Twilight of the Alaskan HunterYes
141988/1989New Zealand: The Smoldering SeaYes
151988/1989Australie: l’ultime barrièreAustralia: The Last BarrierYes
161989Bornéo: Le spectre de la tortueBorneo: The Ghost of the Sea TurtleYes
171989/1990Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée I: La machine à remonter le tempsPapua New Guinea I: Into the Time MachineYes
181989/1990Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée II: La rivière des hommes crocodilesPapua New Guinea II: River of Crocodile MenYes
191989/1990Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée III: La coeur de feuPapua New Guinea III: Center of FireYes
201989/1990Thaïlande: les forçats de la merThailand: Convicts of the SeaYes
211989/1990Bornéo: la Forêt sans terreBorneo: Forests Without LandYes
221990Andaman, les îles invisiblesAndaman Islands: Invisible IslandsYes
10. Other releases II
71990Scandale à ValdezOutrage at ValdezNo
81990Lilliput en AntarctiqueLilliput in AntarcticaYes
11. Cousteau's Rediscovery of the World II
231990Australie: à l’ouest du bout du mondeAustralia: Out West, Down UnderYes
241991Australie: le peuple de la mer desséchéeAustralia: People of the Dry SeaYes
251991Australie: le peuple de l’eau et du feuAustralia: People of Fire and WaterYes
261991Australie: les trésors de la merAustralia: Fortunes in the SeaYes
271991Tasmanie, une île s'éveilleTasmania: Australia’s Awakening IslandYes
281991/1992Indonésie: les vergers de l’enferIndonesia I: The Devil’s OrchardYes
291991/1992Sumatra: le cœur de la merIndonesia II: Sumatra, the Heart of the SeaYes
301991/1992Nauru, îlot ou planèteNauru: The Island PlanetYes
311991/1992The Mirage of the SeaN/A
321991/1992La grand requin blanc, seigneur solitaire des mersThe Great White Shark — Lonely Lord of the SeaNo
331991/1992Palawan, le dernier refugePalawan: The Last RefugeYes
341992/1993Danube I: le lever de rideauDanube I: The Curtain RisesYes
351992/1993Danube II: le rêve de CharlemagneDanube II: Charlemagne’s DreamYes
361992/1993Danube III: les débordements du fleuveDanube III: Cries of the RiverYes
371992/1993Danube IV: les Débordements du FleuveDanube IV: Rivalries OverflowYes
381993La société secrète des CétacésBahamas: The Secret Societies of Dolphins and WhalesNo
391993/1994Mékong: le don de l’eauMekong: The Gift of WaterNo
401993/1994Vietnam et Cambodge: le riz et les fusilsVietnam and Cambodia: Children of Rice and GunsNo
12. Other releases III
91995Calypso’s LegendYes
101995Deeper, Farther, LongerYes
11*1996Les promisses de la merYes
13. Cousteau's Rediscovery of the World III
411995Madagascar I: l'île des espritsMadagascar I: The Island BleedsYes
421995Madagascar II: l'île des espritsMadagascar II: Madagascar, Island of SpiritsYes
431996Afrique du Sud: les diamants du désertSouth Africa: Diamonds of the DesertYes
441996Afrique du Sud: sanctuaires pour la vieSouth Africa: Sanctuaries for LifeYes
451996/1997À travers la Chine par le fleuve JauneChina: Across China with the Yellow RiverYes
461997/1999Le lac BaïkalLake Baikal: Beneath the MirrorYes



Books by Cousteau

    • The Shark: Splendid Savage of the Sea (1970)
    • Diving for Sunken Treasure (1971)
    • Life and Death in a Coral Sea (1971)
    • The Whale: Mighty Monarch of the Sea (1972)
    • Octopus and Squid: The Soft Intelligence (1973)
    • Three Adventures: Galápagos, Titicaca, the Blue Holes (1973)
    • Diving Companions: Sea Lion, Elephant Seal, Walrus (1974)
    • Dolphins (1975)
    • Oasis in Space (vol 1)
    • The Act of Life (vol 2)
    • Quest for Food (vol 3)
    • Window in the Sea (vol 4)
    • The Art of Motion (vol 5)
    • Attack and Defense (vol 6)
    • Invisible Messages (vol 7)
    • Instinct and Intelligence (vol 8)
    • Pharaohs of the Sea (vol 9)
    • Mammals in the Sea (vol 10)
    • Provinces of the Sea (vol 11)
    • Man Re-Enters Sea (vol 12)
    • A Sea of Legends (vol 13)
    • Adventure of Life (vol 14)
    • Outer and Inner Space (vol 15)
    • The Whitecaps (vol 16)
    • Riches of the Sea (vol 17)
    • Challenges of the Sea (vol 18)
    • The Sea in Danger (vol 19)
    • Guide to the Sea and Index (vol 20)
    • Calypso (1978, vol 21)

Books about Cousteau

See also

Jacques-Yves Cousteau's ships


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