I am Fabien Cousteau, the aquanaut who lived underwater for 31 days. AMA!
I am an Aquanaut, Oceanographic Explorer, Environmental Advocate and Founder of [Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center](www.fabiencousteauolc.org), my non-profit to fulfill my dream of creating a vehicle to make a positive change in the world. I’m here to answer questions with help from Atlas Obscura as part of their themed Islands Week.
As the first grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, I spent my early years aboard my famous grandfather’s ships, Calypso and Alcyone, learning how to scuba dive on my fourth birthday.
One of the things I am known for is my study of sharks. As an Explorer-at-Large for National Geographic from 2000-2002 I collaborated on a TV special aimed at changing public perceptions about sharks called, “Attack of the Mystery Shark”. In 2003-2006, I produced the documentary “Mind of a Demon” that aired on CBS. From 2006-2010, I was part of the multi-hour PBS series “Ocean Adventures” with my father and sister, inspired by my grandfather’s famous 1978 PBS series “Ocean Odyssey”. In 2014, my team of aquanauts and I embarked on Mission 31, the longest science expedition to take place at Aquarius, the world’s only underwater marine laboratory located 9 miles and 20 meters underwater off the Florida keys. Mission 31 broke new ground in ocean exploration and honored the 50th anniversary of my grandfather’s original underwater living experiment (Conshelf Two) by going deeper, longer and further, while broadcasting each moment live on multiple channels exposing the world to the adventure, drama and mystique of what lies beneath.
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EDIT: Thank you for all the amazing questions and comments! Wishing you all an amazing life journey, wherever it may take you. My closing thought is something my grandfather used to tell me and what we are inspired by at the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center: People Protect What They Love, They Love What They Understand, They Understand What they are Taught.