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Updated on October 25, 2014

A Legacy of Love

Jean-Michel Cousteau's work in ocean exploration and preservation began as a child, with he and his younger brother Philippe tagging along with their famous father Jacques Custeau on his expeditions. (His Dad actually threw him in at 7 years old!) While he was a natural, his brother was the more passionate early on and Jean-Michel started his adult life on another path. The unfortunate loss of his brother Philippe in a plane crash brought Jean-Michel back to the sea, and he collaborated with his father for 17 years. Together they reorganized the Cousteau Society and produced educational films, further igniting Jean-Michel's love for exploring the world's oceans.

Jean -Michel continues his father's work and has developed his own passion for the watery earth and oceanic life.

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Jean-Michel's Ocean Futures Society

A Voice for the Ocean

Founded by Jean-Michel Cousteau in 1999, the Ocean Futures Society is a non-profit marine conservation and education organization. The society was initially formed to care for the captive Killer Whale Keiko. The film "Free Willy" was based on Keiko's life. The research on wild orcas by Jean-Michel and his team led to pioneering husbandry techniques and helped foster Keiko's successful release into the wild.

Whether furthering education about killer whales and coral reefs, Researching the unknown, or creating films on our precious underwater treasures and marine sanctuaries, the Ocean Futures Society is dedicated to protecting the ocean.

"Protect the Ocean, and You Protect Yourself".... Jean-Michele Cousteau

Ambassador for the Water Planet

In February 2002, Jean-Michel became the first person to represent the Environment in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City

Captive Orcas

Free Willy - Born to be Wild - Made Possible by Cousteau and his team!

The true story of real Killer Whale Keiko's journey from captivity back to the wild.

Jean-Michel and team on an expedition

Jean-Michel and team on an expedition
Jean-Michel and team on an expedition

J-M C Quoted:

"For years, we have looked at the ocean as a dumping ground. Because it was out of sight and out of mind, we have treated it like a universal sewer."

Protecting Ocean Habitats

Coral Reefs
Coral Reefs

According to Jean-Michel, the main problems facing Earth's water resources are habit destruction, overfishing, and pollution.

Jean-Michel and his Hawksbill Turtle friend

Jean-Michel and his Hawksbill Turtle friend
Jean-Michel and his Hawksbill Turtle friend

Do you have a passion for the ocean? - Let us know what you think!

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    • DreamingBoomer profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Kay 

      4 years ago from Jackson, MS

      That's so cool Rolly! I so wish I could dive. I cannot because of some problems with my ears. So, instead I just write about it!

    • Rolly A Chabot profile image

      Rolly A Chabot 

      4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi DreamingBoomer... as a child we were all captivated by the Custeau family and their adventures. It inspired me to become a diver later in life and once experienced to pursue the new world I had been introduced into. I went on to become a certified instructor and watched the happy faces and awe as people took their first breaths underwater. It is a fascinating world to dive with other creatures that have little or no fear of man.... great article.

      Hugs from Canada

    • DreamingBoomer profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Kay 

      4 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Thanks so much, Ann. Thanks for your comment!

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      This is really interesting and you have great photos.

      I used to love watching the Jacques Cousteau series on tv, on his beautiful boat 'Calypso' and I loved John Denver's song too! I didn't know anything about his sons so thanks for all the information.

      Great hub.


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      E L Seaton 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      The oceans are too important not to. What else physically connects us to the rest of the world every day? Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      Fine lens on an important subject. Good luck with the quest! Blessed by a SquidAngel.


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