Friday Deep-Sea Picture: Jacques Cousteau

Recently scored a used copy of a book by Jacques Cousteau. Inside its covers lies a wonderful narrative and the pictures I present for this Friday’s Pictures. As a fan of both Cousteau and the Life Aquatic, I can begin to see Anderson’s inspiration.



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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

3 Replies to “Friday Deep-Sea Picture: Jacques Cousteau”

  1. I once found a book in my local library archive about Jacques’ Conshelf project. I think it was called “The Silent World”. It had to be the coolest underwater habitat ever built.

  2. I’ve collected nearly all of Cousteau’s books, from the terrifyingly heroic first autobiography, “We dived and the new design of equipment nearly killed us. So we had lunch, fixed it and dived again.” through to the set of ’70s(?) white-cover large-format series of populist titles on particular themes. Your local charity bookshop probably has some. They’re written off as “kids’ books” because of the style of binding, but they’re excellent and very often the absolute first publication of that subject, or photographs of that area.

    I particularly like the von Daniken and Berlitz debunking of the “Blue Holes” and a clear description of the evidence for exactly how they were formed.

  3. A nice trip down memory lane!Cousteau was nice enough to invent the aqua lung and share it with all of us!I think he will alaways be remembered very fondly by millions of people!
    Dave Briggs :~)

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