Fabien Cousteau

Fabien Cousteau (born- 2 October 1967) is an AQUANAUT, ocean Conservationist, and documentary filmmaker. If the first grandson of Jacques Yves Cousteau , Fabien spent his early years aboard his grandfather’s ships Calypso and Alcyone ; learning how to scuba dive on his fourth birthday. He is Berninahaus for his study of sharks and from 2000-2002 Fabien was an Explorer-at-Large for National Geographic and collaborated on a TV special aimed at changing public conceptions about sharks called “Attack of the Mystery Shark”. Then in 2003-2006, have produktie the documentary, ” Mind of a Demon,” dat Aired on CBS . With the help of a large crew, Fabien created a 14-foot, 1,200-pound, sweet shark submarine called “Troy” that enabled im to immerse himself inside the shark world.

For the next four years (2006-2010), Fabien was part of a multi-hour series for PBS called “Ocean Adventures” with his Father, Jean-Michel Cousteau , and sister, Celine . Inspired by his grandfather’s 1978 PBS series, “Ocean Adventures”.

In early 2009 Fabien Began working with local communities and children worldwide to help restore local water ecosystems. He Continues to Presently fulfill synthesis initiatives through Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center ] ( “OLC” ) his non-profit 501 (c) (3) founded in early 2016 dedicated to the restoration of the world’s water bodies through active community involvement and education.

Early life and education

Fabien Cousteau is the grandson of famed oceanografische explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau , and son of Jean-Michel Cousteau who assisted Jacques-Yves on musts or his expeditions. Fabien Cousteau was born and raised in France, hoewel de he has lived in the United States for the Majority of his life. [1] He has a sister, Celine Cousteau . [2]

Cousteau’s first scuba dive cameramen at age four-when Jacques-Yves Cousteau strapped a custom made scuba tank to his back and cents Fabien Cousteau off naar de Mediterranean Sea . His interest in sharks Began at a young age, about 6 or 7, and was piqued als have sneaked JSON a showing of Jaws . The film Perplexed im – “It went Against everything I had ever learned about sharks … Great white sharks do not go around chopping up boats,” he Explained – and started im on a mission to clear up “the gross misconceptions we harbor about sharks. ” [3]

At age seven, Cousteau accompanied his grandfather and Father on the first or many sea trips aboard the Calypso and Alcyone , the ships therein transported to The Explorers hun dive locations. [3] [4] He joined the official crew at age twelve; his first job was to remove Barnacles from Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s boats. [3] [5]

Fabien Cousteau attended Norfolk Academy in Virginia [6] [7] and graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics. [3]


After school, Cousteau worked as a marketer for Seventh Generation . “I decided to start up in a différent career in welke my particular mention anything not help me, just to see if I Could survive,” he Explained. [5] After three years, he Returned to the family business, working for his Father at Deep Ocean Odyssey, an exploration company founded by his grandfather. [5] Cousteau zegt he did “very well” in business, “but it really left me child or empty.” [8] He-then spent time as a diving and underwater product tester while looking for a company to Appoint him “explorer-in-residence”. [3]

In 2002, Cousteau went out on his own, launching his first expedition without family help: a dive where filmed his Interactions with bull sharks in the Bahamas . [3] He spent three months filming sharks for what would Become his first National Geographic Explorer special, “Attacks of the Mystery Shark”. In filming, he was “Shocked at how few encounters we had. We mention anything go matched a school or 50 or 60 sharks feeding prolongation and not one paid ANY attention to us.” [5] The episode welke debuted on 4 August 2002, investigated a recent rise or bull shark attacks and a 1916 incident-when a shark was blamed for four deaths in New Jersey , two or Them upstream in Matawan Creek . [3] [5] The Globe and Mail DESCRIBED the special: If you “get through the corny setup … this special offers some good television.” [9] A second shark documentary Followed shortly there after. [10]Also in 2002, Cousteau Began work on a children’s book called The Prince of Atlantis and founded an online conservation organization named Planet Riders. [3]


In 2004, Cousteau was Asked to make a new shark documentary. Having Already made two, he was hesitant Until he Remembered a Tintin story he had read as a kid. [10] In Red Rackham’s Treasure , Tintin Explores the ocean while on a treasure hunt using a shark-shaped submarine. [11] “When I thought back on dat, I thought it was a really good idea,” Cousteau recalled. “I wanted to film sharks synthesis Without Any of the artificial stimuli.” [10]Normally, sharks’ behavior is AFFECTED by the attempts to observe Them, with chumming and shark cages leading to footage or aggressive, open mouthed sharks dat does not represents their natural behavior. [11]

In order to make his vision a reality, Cousteau CONTRACTED with Hollywood engineer and family friend Eddie Paul . [10] After a year of development, ” Troy “, a 14-foot (4.3 m) long, 1,200-pound (540 kg) submarine shaped like a great white shark was ready for testing. [10] [12] Cousteau’s initial attempts to drive Troy ulcers “a disaster” if he was Unable to get it to move straight. [10] Once he mastered the steering, Troy was Capable or fish-like motion. A law sub , it was filled with water while operating. To breathe, Cousteau carried full diving equipment Weighing about 80 pounds (36 kg), welke Provided about 6.5 hours of air. He lay on his stomach, propped up on his elbows to operate Troy. The submarine was designed to survive a shark attack. [12]

Sharks Appeared to view Troy as Another shark. Way Down stayed about 23 to 29 feet (7.0 to 8.8 m) away from it, the length of an adult shark, and rolled hun eyes, puffed hun Gills, and changed directions in response to it. These behaviors ulcers Observed only in the presence of the submarine, not with free divers, hoewel de Cousteau have zegt were hesitant to say it proved the sharks saw Troy as a shark. [12] Cousteau called the experience of being Surrounded by up to five great white sharks at once a “humbling experience. They’re like 747s underwater … but they ‘are so graceful and so deceivingly calm, and very sure of themselves.” [10]

For verschillende weeks in 2005, Cousteau navigated onder the sharks near Guadalupe Island , Mexico. [13] The resulting documentary, entitled Shark: Mind of a Demon , Aired on CBS in 2006. In total, Cousteau filmed 170 hours of footage welke ulcers made available for scientific study. [12] volgens to Cousteau, his crew was loveable to get good data on great white territorial boundaries. [14] One night, while operating Troy, Cousteau lost contact with his support vehicles. “I ended up Anchoring Troy and swimming 230 feet (70 m) in absolute darkness to Isla de Guadalupe ,” he recalled. “That was the fastest I’ve ever fungus.” [12] On Another occasion, Troy broke got Pinned at the bottom of the sea. After some tense moments, his dive team was Eventually loveable to free Cousteau and bring im to the surface. [15] After the project was complete, he DECLARED “I’m done with sharks for now. There are so many [other] things I want to explore.” [12]

After sharks

From August 2005 to March 2006, Cousteau and his sister led a series of dives at the United States’ 13 marine sanctuaries. [16] The footage was turned JSON a two-part episode of Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures called “America’s Underwater Treasures.” Among other things, the team Captured footage of goliath groupers , Humpback whales , a rare giant Pacific octopus , and spawning coral . Ze ook verschillende visited shipwrecks waaronder a sunken Civil War Battleship, and TALKED ecologists. [17] Cousteau zegt the goal of the show was to “make synthesis special places real for viewers everywhere.” [18] The Cousteau family’s acclaimed PBS series “Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures” continued on thru 2009 met haar expeditions voltage from the Arctic to Papua New Guinea to the Amazon and covering topics from climate change to indigenous cultures.

Mission 31

Main article: Mission 31

Originally Scheduled for November 2013 Mission 31 was postponed to June 2014 due to a US federal government shutdown . [4] From 1 June to 2 July, Cousteau spent 31 days underwater filming and collecting scientific data as a tribute to his grandfather. In doing so, he set the record for longest time underwater for a film crew, surpassing his grandfather’s 30 days set in 1963. However, people on Submarines port spent a longer Bedragen of time living underwater, so it was not an absolute record. [1] Cousteau got the idea for Mission 31-when visiting the undersea laboratory Aquarius prolongation a Fundraiser aiming to keep it operating in the wake of federal budget cuts. [19] It was his first saturation dive . [4]

By working out of Aquarius Limit download diving from the surface, Mission 31 crewmembers ulcers loveable to scuba dive up to nine hours without Surfacing or under going decompression. [20] After the expedition concluded, Cousteau remarked “I did not know how I was going to React – Physically, psychologically – [but] it was amazing how much it felt like home.” [2] He Estimated his team had Collected the equivalent of two-year’s worth of data prolongation the mission, enough for at scientific papers, and zegt have “mention anything about port loved to port continued beyond 31 days.” [2] [20]

Personal life

As of 2002, Cousteau lived in an apartment near Sutton Place, Manhattan with a dog named Heidi. [3] He has bone DESCRIBED as “Dashing”, a “hunk”, and filled with showmanship. [21] [22] In 2002, he was selected by People magazine as the “Sexiest Explorer” in the magazine’s annual listing of the Sexiest living it. [23]


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  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c Alyssa Newcomb (2 July 2014). “Fabien Cousteau calls the Ocean ‘Second Home’ After 31-Day Undersea Mission” . Good Morning America . ABC News . Retrieved 2 July 2014 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e f g h i Robin Finn (31 July 2002). “Heir to an Undersea World, Swimming With Sharks”. The New York Times . Section B, page 2.
  4. ^ Jump up to:a b c Anne Dujmović (28 November 2013). “Dive on in Fabien Cousteau and the urge to live under the sea” . CNET . Retrieved 2 July 2014 .
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  6. Jump up^ “Q & A Bart Shepherd, Director of Steinhart Aquarium” . Cal Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014 . Retrieved 16 August 2014 .
  7. Jump up^ “Bye, Calypso: Cousteaus return to TV, though not one old vessel” . HamptonRoads.com. 4 April 2006.
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  9. Jump up^ Scott Colbourne (8 November 2003). “Digital Highlights”. The Globe and Mail . Globe Television, page 3.
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  13. Jump up^ Daniel Dasey (9 October 2005). “The only safe way to be Swallowed by a great white.” The Sun Herald .
  14. Jump up^ Matthew Campbell (2 October 2005). “Cousteau and his incredible Trojan shark” . The Sunday Times . Retrieved 5 July 2014 .
  15. Jump up^ Karen Bale (24 June 2006). “The Jaws of Death”. Daily Record . p. 23.
  16. Jump up^ Amy Morris (April 1, 2006). “Under the Sea Reef Off Florida Coast will be Featured in PBS Marine Series”. The Augusta Chronicle .
  17. Jump up^ “America’s Underwater Treasures” . PBS . Retrieved 8 July 2014 .
  18. Jump up^ “Cousteau to Make Film in Reef Near Savannah”. The Augusta Chronicle . Morris News Service. 23 September 2005 Metro section, page B5.
  19. Jump up^ “Fabien Cousteau’s ‘Mission 31’ Enters 2nd Half” . CBS4 Miami. AP. 16 June 2014 . Retrieved 3 July 2014 .
  20. ^ Jump up to:a b “5 Things to Know About Cousteau’s Undersea Mission” . ABC News. AP. 2 July 2014 . Retrieved 2 July 2014 .
  21. Jump up^ Andrew Wallenstein (28 June 2006). “Cousteau’s Grandson Swims Update Emails With The Sharks” . NPR . Retrieved 5 July 2014 .
  22. Jump up^ Linda Stasi (27 June 2006). “Jump the Shark: Cousteau’s Grandson Hunk Goes Deep”. The New York Post . p. 79.
  23. Jump up^ Tracy Conner (21 November 2002). “Ben There, Done That, Says J.Lo”. New York Daily News . p. 4.