Jean-Michel Cousteau's blog

A Chance at Freedom

July 28, 2011
MorganI have been following the case of the young orca, Morgan, with particular interest. Morgan was captured on June 23, 2010 by the Dolphinarium Harderwijk off the north coast of the Netherlands—a rare event since no orcas have been sighted in the area since 1947 ...

Making the Connection: Ice Cover in the Arctic

July 15, 2011
Ocean Futures diver in Arctic IceAs divers, we have a responsibility to not only share our personal experiences of adventures beneath the waves and the hidden treasures we discover on every dive, but to continually educate ourselves ...

Invasion of the Single-Use Plastic Bag

March 9, 2011
Gull with Plastic BagThey invade our homes, lurk in our backyards, wander our streets, swim in our ocean, float down our rivers and streams, and find shelter amongst trees and bushes. They are found in the most populated and the most remote places on Earth. They need no resources to persist and may indeed outlive the human race. We cannot ignore them, we cannot escape them and we cannot destroy them ...

Saving the Planet, One New Year’s Resolution at a Time

January 13, 2011
Fabien Cousteau free dives with a Humpback WhaleWhenever I make a choice, I will do my best to ask myself two questions: "What are the consequences of this choice that I'm making?" and, "Will this choice help ensure the long-term protection of our water planet?” ...

Southern California Dives into Ocean Stewardship

January 11, 2011
Garibaldi, California's state marine fish, glides through the kelp forestAs for southern California, the future is bright. The new marine parks plan will be good for people and for sea life ...

Six Months Later, What Have We Learned

October 21, 2010
Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill It is unfortunate that it takes catastrophes such as the Gulf Oil Spill for us to realize our direct connection to the vulnerability of our life support system. And now that we have just past the sixth month anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, what have we learned? ...

The Death of a Captive Orca

October 7, 2010
A pod of (non captive) Orca cruise the Queen Charlotte Strait, British Columbia I wonder how many killer whales will have to endure our selfish behavior of putting them in an artificial setting before we realize enough is enough. The most recent death happened just this past Monday when Kalina, a young 25-year-old female, died unexpectedly, the third killer whale to die in captivity in the past four months ...

Welcome to the Family: A Young Orca is Named Cousteau

Welcome to the L-pod family, “little” Cousteau, L113We just received the exciting news of a very welcome baby Orca, L113, who has now survived her first winter, making her chances of survival much greater and so she can now be officially named. The new name for L113 is Cousteau! Welcome to the L-pod family, “little” Cousteau ...

The Fall Migration Is On

birds fly over an oiled boom in Louisiana It will take years, maybe even decades, before we know the full impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but we will begin to get a sense of just how far-reaching its effects are as the first round of wintering migratory birds makes their way through the Gulf Coast this fall ...

Winners at BLUE Ocean Film Festival

Jean-Michel Cousteau leads a panel, Gulf Oil Spill: Tragedy to Turning Point, at BLUE Ocean Film Festival with Dr. Chris Pincetich, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, Dr. Richard Murphy and Dr. Ira Leifer This past weekend I was proud to participate in the BLUE Ocean Film Festival in Monterey, California, where I was joined by my children, Céline and Fabien, to honor my father and their grandfather in our own special way ...
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