COUSTEAU’S “LEGENDS OF THE DEEP”

Fabien Cousteau, grandson of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, is here to give insight into the “Legends Of The Deep.”

To watch full episodes of “Legends of the Deep,” click here.

Aired on June 19, 2019. 

TRANSCRIPT

THE MYSTERIES THAT LURK BENEATH THE SURFACE OF THE SEA RIVAL THOSE IN OUTER SPACE AND THE MAN WHO FIRST TOOK US THERE WAS JACQUES COUSTEAU.

THE WORLD FAMOUS EXPLORE'S GRAND CHILDREN SA SEEN AND FABIENNE SET OUT TO UNCOVER TALES FROM THE OCEAN THAT HAVE REMAINED A SECRET.

HERE'S A PREVIEW OF THEIR NEW SCIENCE CHANNEL SEARS CALLED 'LEGENDS OF THE DEEP.'

DO YOU SEE THAT?

WHAT IS THAT?

IT'S HUGE.

FOR GENERATIONS, THE NAME COUSTEAU HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH A SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE AND DISCOVERY.

OUR GRANDFATHER PIONEERED THE EARLIEST EFFORTS IN SCUBA TECHNOLOGY GIVING THE WORLD ITS FIRST GLIMPSE AT THE VAST UNDERWATER UNIVERSE.

OUR GRANDFATHER DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO OCEAN EXPLORATION, AND NOW WE ARE PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF.

USING BRAND-NEW TECHNOLOGIES, WE ARE CONTINUING OUR GRANDFATHER'S MISSION TO UNCOVER THE SECRETS OF SOME OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST OCEAN MYSTERIES.

AND HERE TO TELL US MORE ABOUT THIS NEW SERIES AND ABOUT HIS FAMILY'S MISSION TO EDUCATE AND PROMOTE OCEAN CONSERVATION IS UNDERWATER ADVENTURER FABIENNE ACCUSE STOW.

IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE WITH YOU.

START WITH THE SERIES.

THEN I WANT TO TALK MORE ABOUT YOUR FAMILY AND ITS LEGACY.

SO YOU LOOK AT THE SERIES AND THIS IS A TRUE ADVENTURE SERIES.

YES.

AND YOU AND I WERE TALKING A LITTLE BIT BEFOREHAND.

YOU MENTIONED IT ALMOST GOES BACK TO WHAT YOUR GRANDFATHER WAS FIRST DOING, THE NOTION OF ADVENTURE.

SO TELL ME ABOUT THE DECISIONS YOU AND YOUR SISTER SAY LET'S PICK UP THAT MOUNTAINOF ADVENTURE AND DO THIS.

HOW DID IT COME ABOUT?

MY GRANDFATHER'S DONE, MY GRANDPARENTS AND THEIR CREW HAVE GONE AROUND THE WORLD FOR OVER 50 YEARS.

IT WENT FROM PURE ADVENTURE AND EXPLORATION TO ADVENTURE AND EXPLORATION WITH A CONSERVATION MESS AND AS TIME WENT ON.

WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE NICE TO DIVE BACK INTO THE ESSENCE OF OCEAN EXPLORATION IN A WAY THAT IS IMPASSIONING TO JUST ABOUT EVERYONE OUT THERE.

YOU KNOW, IT GOES BACK TO WHAT MY GRANDFATHER USED TO SAY WHICH IS PEOPLE PROTECT WHAT THEY LOVE.

THEY LOVE WHAT THEY UNDERSTAND AND UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY'RE TAUGHT.

WE WANT TO REACH OUT TO THE AN AUDIENCE THAT DOESN'T OWDSCONSERVATION TYPE OF PROGRAG BUT MAY BE INTERESTED IN THE ADVENTURE PART IT SO WE CAN REEL THEM IN AND SHOW HOW MAGICAL THIS UNDERWATER WORLD IS.

YOU HAVE A NUMBER OF LOCATIONS HERE.

YES.

WHERE YOU GO SEEKING ADVENTURE AND DISCOVERY.

WHAT WAS THE DISCOVERY THAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR?

THERE'S SO MANY MYSTERIES OUT THERE THE OCEAN'S BARELY BEEN EXPLORED AT ALL.

WE'VE EXPLORED LESS THAN 5% OF OUR OCEAN WORLD TO DATE.

IT'S 3.4 BILLION CUBIC KILOMETERS OF VOLUME.

THERE'S A LOT OF SPACE OUT THERE.

THERE ARE A LOT OF MYSTERIES FROM SHIP WRECKS AND LEGENDS.

THAT REALLY IS THE ESSENCE OF T BIT OF THE UNDERWATER DETECTIVE TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT SOME OF THESE MYSTERIES SUCH AS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS EVER UFO SIGHTINGS BY A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHICH WAS SUBSTANTIATED BY THE FOLKS OVER IN NOVA SCOTIA.

WE WANTED TO GO AND SEE WHAT THIS WAS REALLY ABOUT TO SHIP WRECKS, THE ONE IN CYPRUS OR OFF OF CYPRUS THAT WAS MYSTERIOUSLY CAPSIZES AND SURGE.

THERE WERE A LOT OF RUMORS WITH REGARD TO A PLO AND ARMS DEALS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO GOING INTO AND PENETRATING THERE TO GO AND LOOK FOR CLUES AS TO WHAT POSSIBLY COULD HAVE HAPPENED TO THE BLUE HOLE AND GOING AND DIVING INTO THOSE LEGENDS.

I MEAN LITERALLY LEGENDS FROM THE MINDS ON UP TO MODERN DAY OF SEA MONSTERS AND WHAT PEOPLE REALLY HAD SEEN IN THIS MOST ICONIC OF PLACES IN THE OCEAN.

WHEN YOU WATCH IT, IT'S A GREAT SENSE OF ADVENTURE FOR THOSE OF US, THE VIEWERS BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO FIND.

UH-HUH.

DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT YOU WERE GOING TO FIND?

I'LL QUOTE WHAT MY GRANDFATHER USED TO SAY.

IF I KNEW WHAT I WAS GOING TO FIND, I WOULDN'T BOTHER GOING.

THAT'S PART OF THE ESSENCE OF BEING AN ADVENTURER IS GOING OUT THERE AND REALLY SEEKING OUT NEW AND INTERESTING ADVENTURES, THINGS THAT MAY HOPEFULLY TAP THEIZE NOT ONLY THE VIEWER BUT ALSO HOPEFULLY ENRICH OUR LIVES IN SOME WAY.

WHEN YOU WATCH IT, YOU SEE YOURSELF AND YOUR SISTER DIVING.

YES.

BUT I DON'T KNOW THAT WE GET A SENSE OF HOW BIG A TEAM WAS INVOLVED TO GET THIS DONE.

GIVE US A BETTER SENSE OF THAT.

I'M SO GLAD THAT YOU TOUCHED ON THAT BECAUSE WHEN YOU SEE ON CAMERA IS REALLY A FRACTION OF 1% OF WHAT GUESS ON TO MAKE AN EXPEDITION POSSIBLE.

THERE'S AN ENTIRE TEAM BEHIND IT FROM THE FILM CREW TO THE CREW ON THE BOATS, LOGISTICS, SO ON AND SO FORTH.

AND REALLY THE PEOPLE IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA MAY TRANSPORT YOU THROUGH THE ESSENCE OF WHAT THE STORY IS.

BUT SOMETHING LIKE A CYPRUS OR BLUE HOLE TAKES A LOT OF PREPARATION, A LOT OF DEDICATION FROM AN AMAZING TEAM THAT IS ABLE TO HAVE US DO WHAT WE DO.

TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS YOU'VE 0 DONE HERE.

THESE ARE FASCINATING.

ONE THING THAT I WAS ASTONISHED BY HAD, IN 2014 WHEN YOU DID A DIVE FOR 31 DAYS.

WHAT WAS THE GENESIS OF THAT?

WHY DID YOU WANT TO DO THAT?

WELL, WHEN MY GRANDFATHER STARTED OUT, THE TOOLS NECESSARY FOR OCEAN EXPLORATION JUST WEREN'T THERE.

IT WAS EITHER RELEGATED TO HARD HAT DIVERS LOOKING FOR SPONGES OR A HANDFUL OF NAVY DIVERS WHO WERE PLACING MINES OR WHAT HAVE YOU IN THE OCEAN.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE WORLD KNEW NOTHING ABOUT WHAT WAS BELOW THAT BLUE VENEER.

SO HE HAD TO BUILD SOME OF THOSE EQUIPMENT INCLUDING THE REGULATOR, SCUBA AS WE ALL KNOW IT TODAY, SO THAT HE COULD FLY FREE UNDERWATER TO GO AND FILM WHAT HE WANTED TO FILM.

THE FIRST UNDERWATER CAMERA HOUSINGS AND SUBMARINES WERE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH THE LIST GOES ON AND ON.

ZE BUILT SOME OF THE FIRST UNDERWATER HABITATS TO SEE IF HUMAN BEING COZ LIVE AND WORK UNDERWATER FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME ON THE CONTINENTAL SHELF.

SO I ALWAYS FOUND THAT FASCINATING HAVING A HOUSE UNDERWATER, A LABORATORY UNDERWATER AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA TO BE ABLE TO BE GO OUT AND EXPLORE AND COME BACK TO THAT HOUSE RATHER THAN HAVING TO GO BACK TO THE SURFACE WAS ALWAYS A FASCINATION TO ME.

I WAS FURTHER ENCOURAGED, IF YOU WILL, BY A FAMILY FRIEND BY THE NAME OF DR. SYLVIA EARL WHO YOU MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE HEARD OF.

SHE'S A FABULOUS OCEAN HERO AND IN 2012, I WENT TO GO VISIT HER AT THE WORLD'S ONLY REMAINING UNDERSEA LABORATORY CALLED SQUARIOUS.

I THOUGHT WOW, WHY AREN'T WE DOING MORE OF THESE.

2014 COMES AROUND AND THIS WAS THE ONE AND ONLY TIME I WAS FACED WITH THE REALITY THAT THEY WERE GOING TO PULL OUT SO IT'S NOW OR NEVER TO GO AND EXPERIENCE WHAT IT'S LIKE AND TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERWATER HABITATS FOR OCEAN EXPLORATION.

SO I TOOK A CRAZY TEAM ALONG WITH MYSELF WHO BELIEVED IN THE IDEA OF SPENDING 31 DAYS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA TO NOT ONLY HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF OCEAN EXPLORATION AND SCIENCE, BUT ALSO BRING IT BACK TO THE WORLD LIVE FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA.

FOR 31 DAYS.

HAPPENED TO BE THE LONGEST ANYONE'S BEEN AT AQUARIUS.

IT WAS CERTAINLY NOT AN EASY ENDEAVOR.

BUT IT WAS VERY FULFILLING.

I'VE GOT SAY AT THE END OF THE 31 DAYS, I WAS PROBABLY THE ONE THAT WANTED TO STAY DOWN THE MOST FOR ANOTHER 31 DAYS IF I COULD.

REALLY?

IT WAS THAT ENLIGHTENING AND THAT EVEN TO SOME EXTENT COMFORTABLE FOR YOU TO HAVE THIS BECOME YOUR HABITAT?

THE OCEAN'S -- IT'S MY WORLD.

I FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE UNDER THE SEA THAN I DO ON LAND.

AND FOR ME, I MEAN NEW YORK CITY IS A WONDERFUL PLACE.

FULL OF LIFE AND MOVEMENT AND NOISE AND EVERYTHING ELSE.

BUT REALLY WHEN YOU DIVE INTO THE UNDERWATER CITIES, THE CORAL REEF, AND YOU SEE HOW AMAZING THAT FIREWORKS DISPLAY OF LIFE IS AND HOW SIMILAR IT IS TO LIFE ON LAND BUT JUST WITH DIFFERENT AQUATIC CREATURES YOU HAVE THE HOSPITALS, RESTAURANTS, YOU HAVE THE DOCTORS, YOU HAVE ALL THESE THINGS GOING ON, THE HOUSING, ET CETERA, ET CETERA IN THIS UNDERWATER CORAL REEF.

IT'S JUST A FASCINATING PLACE AND TO BE ABLE TO SPEND PRESUMABLY UNLIMITED AMOUNTS OF TIME DOWN THERE FROM A HABITAT IS A GIFT OF TIME THAT ANY SCUBA DIVER WORE GLADLY HAVE.

IT'S ONE OF MY BIGGEST FRUSTRATIONS AS A SCUBA DIVER IS HAVING TO GO BACK TO THE SURFACE.

IF SOMEONE SAID TO YOU HOW WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR FAMILY TO BE REMEMBERED, WHAT WOULD YOUR ANSWER BE?

HOPEFULLY INSPIRATIONAL TO BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR OCEAN AS THE LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM THAT IT IS.

THE UNIVERSAL CONNECTOR, IF YOU WILL, THE REASON WHY WE EXIST.

OUR NATURAL RESOURCE BANK ACCOUNT.

ALL THOSE THINGS COMBINED INTO WHAT MAKES US US.

HOPEFULLY, IT'S INSPIRATIONAL IN A WAY THAT WE'LL PAY BETTER ATTENTION TO OUR OCEAN ENVIRONMENT.

ONE THAT WILL BE BETTER SHEPHERDS OF OR STEWARDS OF AND ONE THAT WE'LL BE PROUD OF TO GIVE BACK TO OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS THE WAY WE'VE TAKEN MORE GRANTED.

YOU KNOW, AT THE END OF THE DAY, OUR MISSION IS NOT COMPLETE.

WE ARE FACING SOME VERY GRAVE ISSUES IN THE OCEAN WORLD.

ONES THAT WE'RE JUST BEGINNING TO FLOURISH OR I SHOULD SAY SHOW THEMSELVES WHEN MY GRANDFATHER'S CAREER WAS ENDING.

OR HIS LIFE WAS ENDING.

AND HOPEFULLY, WE'VE PICKED UP THE PHILOSOPHY AND THE MISSION WHERE HE AND MY PARENTS HAVE LEFT OFF SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO INSPIRE THOSE NEXT GENERATIONS TO DO BETTER THAN WE HAVE.

I CAN SAY FOR ALL THAT YOU AND THE FAMILY HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL.

SO FABIENNE, THANK YOU FOR SPENDING SOME TIME WITH US.

FANTASTIC.

REMEMBER ONE THING, ONLY THE IMPOSSIBLE MISSIONS SUCCEED.

WHAT A GREAT MANTRA.

THAT'S GREAT.

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