Jean-Michel Cousteau's blog

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 ...

Independence Day

It is now time to interpret the Declaration of Independence as including the inalienable right to a healthy environment as part of the pursuit of Happiness ...

The Spill and Beyond

Man O'War Covered In Oil On our initial expedition there, we were the first to film under water and our footage became evidence that masses of oil were moving beneath the surface and couldn’t be ignored ...

The Legacy In Action

Captain Jacques Cousteau June 25th marks thirteen years since my father passed away.  This month also marks his 100th birthday, so it has been a time of reflection for all of us who knew and adored him.  It has also been a time of much activity ...

Gulf Oil Spill: More than a Sea Change

Matthew Ferraro holds a crude oil covered crab In the midst of desperate attempts to stem the flow of oil and the agony of waiting to understand its effects, we are left with simple questions like what exactly is happening to the waters of the Gulf? And how quickly can we move from dependence on oil to a sustainable, renewable energy policy ...
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