Jacques Cousteau

Jacques Cousteau

Life at a glance (1916-1997)

pixelated game character in a diving suit

Jacques Cousteau was a pioneering French oceanographer, marine biologist, filmmaker, and conservationist, best known for his groundbreaking contributions to underwater exploration and environmental advocacy. Born in 1910, Cousteau co-invented the aqualung, a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, which revolutionized deep-sea diving and made it possible for divers to explore the depths of the ocean more extensively. He co-authored "The Silent World," a widely acclaimed book and documentary that introduced the world to the beauty and wonders of the underwater realm. Cousteau's work with his research vessel, the Calypso, and his television series, "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau," captivated audiences and raised global awareness about marine conservation and the fragile state of the oceans. He dedicated his life to protecting the world's oceans and its diverse ecosystems, leaving an enduring legacy as a champion for the environment and a true ambassador for the underwater world.

Daring Deeds Adventure Game

To follow in Jacques's footsteps, pick up a Daring Deeds gameboard (Jan. 30–April 1) at any library location, or track your mission status in Beanstack. You can even create a paper "avatar" of Jacques to play the game!

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These suggested reads from our collection will help you learn more about Jacques's incredible life and what it's like to explore the deep blue sea!


Jacques Cousteau
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