COUSTEAU’S “LEGENDS OF THE DEEP”

June 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

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. 

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> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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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