Remembering Jacques Cousteau

By John Englander.

Twenty five years ago, a legendary explorer, scientist, and communicator passed forever into the great abyss.

Just the mention of the first name “Jacques” in a context of scuba diving, coral reefs, oceans, or environmental issues would have led many to assume they were talking about Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, one of the most famous and iconic people in the world. A half century ago, his adventures aboard the R/V Calypso, televised as the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, had some of the highest viewer ratings of any program ever.

Jacques was the co-inventor of the scuba diving regulator and is globally recognized as a pioneer of the environmental movement and ocean awareness.