Cousteau Sea Explorer; Historical Person of Interest

Written by Payton Lee in The Backpack

Name: Jacques Cousteau

Born: June 11, 1910, Saint-André-de-Cubzac (Gironde) in France

Died: June 25, 1997, at the age of 87

One Sentence Bio: Jacques was an explorer of the sea, avid adventurist and marine conservationist.

Tags: naval officer, leader, inventor, explorer, world traveler, film maker and much more

Cousteau was an adventurous soul. After graduating from the naval academy he started training to become a pilot. An unfortunate accident hindered him from doing so; instead he took to the sea. Immediately falling in love with the ocean, Cousteau desired to find a way to explore even more of the vast waters. Combining forces with engineer, Emile Gagnan, they came up with SCUBA(Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus). This would change the world forever as it allowed further exploration of the unknown deep sea.

For nearly four decades Jacques Cousteau and two other fellow divers explored the waters of the world. Testing, discovering, and filming their adventures the " mousquemers " (" musketeers of the sea ") and their oceanographic vessel, Calypso, became famous in educating the world on the happenings (good and bad) in marine settings.


Major Expeditions:

  • Cousteau/National Geographic Expedition in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Mississippi
  • New Zealand
  • Nile
  • Polynesia
  • Red Sea
  • The Sea of Cortez
  • Pacific - The exploration of happiness
  • Clipperton - Attack of the crabs
  • Caribbean sea - The destiny of shipwrecks
  • Turbosail - Sailing the trade winds of the Atlantic
  • Galapagos - Camp of the Galapagos sea lions
  • Mekong river
  • Mediterranean sea
  • Madagascar
  • Alaska
  • Amazon
  • Antarctica
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • South Africa
  • Caspian Sea
  • Cuba
  • Danube
  • Indonesia
  • Lake Baïkal
  • Cape Horn

He also was part of the expedition for the Lost city of Atlantis in Greece. Here is a radio conversation about the adventure Cousteau was a part of.


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