The Cousteau Society
Theatrical Films and Television Programs
Twenty short documentaries produced from 1942 to 1956.
The Silent World (1956) Captain Cousteau and his crew travel the Mediterranean, Red Sea, and Indian Ocean to film sperm whales, giant tortoises, and a large grouper they name "Ulysses." They join a helmet diver gathering sponges and explore a shipwreck in their Oscar-winning documentary.
The Golden Fish (1959) A young boy wins a goldfish at a street carnival. He places the fish in a bowl near his pet canary's cage. When the apartment is empty, the fish and canary play until a trespassing cat enters through a window and threatens the little fish. There is a surprise ending to this short subject told without narration or dialogue.
World Without Sun (1965) Can people live and work beneath the sea for a month? Jacques Cousteau and his crew set out to see. Starfish House becomes their headquarters, residence and laboratory, with divers moving freely in and out of the waters to observe and study sea life.
Voyage to the Edge of the World (1975) Calypso heads for the last virgin land on earth, the continent of Antarctica. The crew visits an abandoned weather station and reconstructs the skeleton of a blue whale. They mountain climb on volcanic Deception Island and dive inside an iceberg. A storm damages Calypso and forces her to circle for days on a single bent propeller. Penguins, seals, skuas, killer whales, krill, starfish, octopus, squid, and icefish--the varied fauna of this icy region prove to be magnificent.
The World of Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1966) Can men live at depths of over 300 feet underwater? Captain Cousteau and his crew stay beneath the sea for 27 days. The film chronicles this special expedition.
THE UNDERSEA WORLD OF JACQUES COUSTEAU (television series)
Sharks (1968) Jacques Cousteau and his team conduct experiments to discover how sharks are attracted to an alien presence, how sharks make visual discriminations, how night affects behavior, and how man can protect himself from them.
The Savage World of the Coral Jungle (1968) The universal battle for survival among colorful invertebrates and resourceful fishes of the Indian Ocean captivate Cousteau divers. Toxins for offense and defense, territoriality and symbiotic alliances play out in the complexity of coral reefs.
Search in the Deep (1968) The one-man sub, the Soucoupe Plongeante, allows the Cousteau team to observe the full reproductive sequence of the sea turtle. The undersea mating dance, the laborious journey up the beach, the laying of eggs and, finally, the race for survival by newly-hatched babies--all are captured on film by Captain Cousteau and his crew.
Whales (1968) Calypso and her crew sail the Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar, then off the Baja coast of Mexico, in search of some of the most intelligent inhabitants of the sea--the fin, sperm and killer whales.
The Unexpected Voyage of Pepito and Cristobal (1969) [Short version is titled Seals] During Calypso's voyage from South Africa to the West Indies, the crew develop an amiable relationship with two fur seals, only to conclude that freedom is the dearest reward for the animals.
Sunken Treasure (1969) Calypso explores the site of a wreck believed to be the command ship of the 1641 New World Armada. Jacques Cousteau's focus, rather than seeking treasure, is on the rare opportunity to test his new ideas about underwater archeological salvage techniques.
The Legend of Lake Titicaca (1969) Cousteau's divers investigate the legend of Inca treasure beneath the waters of the world's highest lake. The mythological gold proves to be illusory, but the team finds treasures of ancient pottery and a unique species of aquatic frog.
The Desert Whales (1969) Calypso sets sail to track, study and film the enigmatic California gray whale during its annual 5000-mile migration from the Bering Sea to the warm inland lagoons of Baja California.
The Night of the Squid (1970) Captain Cousteau traces the life cycle of the squid from its wanderings in the deep to mating and spawning. The result is a dramatic close-up of the squid's valiant, unrelenting struggle for survival.
The Return of the Sea Elephants (1970) The Cousteau team observes the behavior of a huge herd of nomadic sea elephants (elephant seals): the care of the young, the pre-mating rituals, the furious battles of the bulls.
Those Incredible Diving Machines (1970) Humanity's historic attempts to probe the ocean's depths have led to ingenious devices from Alexander the Great's glass diving barrel to modern AquaLungs® and mini-subs.
The Water Planet (1970) Captain Cousteau relives adventures aboard Calypso, adventures which could occur only on the "water planet," noting that "Earth is the only know celestial body which contains the broth of all life... the seas."
The Tragedy of the Red Salmon (1970) The salmon's inexorable upstream migration is filmed above and under the water as the fish fights to return to its spawning grounds in its home river. There, the eggs are laid and fertilized, then the exhausted salmon die.
Lagoon of Lost Ships (1971) Captain Cousteau and crew explore Truk Lagoon in the South Pacific. Ships sunk in 1944 are intact, protected in the tropical lagoon. The team studies how marine life adapts to and uses sunken structures.
Dragons of Galápagos (1971) On expedition to the Galápagos Islands, Cousteau studies the little-known marine iguana, exotic remnant of a reptilian order that ceased to exist a hundred million years ago.
Secrets of the Sunken Caves (1971) A strange geological phenomenon, the blue hole, intrigues the Cousteau team in the Bahamas. . Stalactites under the sea indicate that the cave was once above water. Off British Honduras, tunnels lead from the blue hole to land.
The Unsinkable Sea Otter! (1971) Calypso sails the sea lanes used by early fur traders, through frigid Alaskan waters to sunny Monterey, California, for some never-before-filmed glimpses of the sea otter.
Octopus, Octopus (1971) The crews of Calypso and her sister ship, Espadon, sail the Mediterranean and the Pacific to film one of the most curious creatures on the planet--the octopus.
The Forgotten Mermaids (1972) Captain Cousteau explores the cypress groves of eastern Florida to film the huge manatee, about which Columbus noted: "Sighted three mermaids. They were not as beautiful as had been painted."
A Sound of Dolphins (1972) Captain Cousteau and his crew sail to the Straits of Gibraltar and Mauritania, Africa, to unravel the mysteries surrounding one of the world's most intelligent, and acoustically accomplished, creatures.
A Smile of the Walrus (1972) Calypso journeys to the Arctic so that her crew may conduct the first detailed film study of the massive walrus. The creatures are viewed both above the surface and below.
500 Million Years Beneath the Sea (1973) Cousteau photographs the nautilus, which has existed for 500 million years, symbol of the ocean's durability. Ecological imbalance caused by pollution in a South Pacific lagoon has resulted in the emergence of an adaptive sea snake.
Hippo! (1973) Captain Cousteau and his son Philippe journey to Lake Tanganyika to photograph hippopotamuses, even using a "Trojan Hippo" to try to get close to the animals. Then, they find themselves in danger amid crocodiles.
The Singing Whale (1973) In the West Indies, the Cousteau crew search out the mysterious voices of the deep. They record a concert sung by hundreds of humpback whales conversing over a great expanse of water.
South to Fire and Ice (1973) Captain Cousteau and his crew travel to Antarctica. They trace the history of explorers, reconstruct the skeleton of a blue whale, visit Deception Island's active volcano, and journey under the ice for the first time in a research submersible.
The Flight of Penguins (1974) On an Antarctic expedition Captain Cousteau and the Calypso crew film, for the first time in such exciting detail, the life of the penguin above and below the surface.
Beneath the Frozen World (1974) The breathtaking grandeur of Antarctica in its brief summer is the setting for this exploration under the perennial ice. The underwater life is bizarre, the underwater ice forms surreal images for eye and ear.
Blizzard at Hope Bay (1974) Cousteau divers explore the ruins of an ice castle, perform their first dive within an iceberg, and film the penguins' migration from the rocky shoreline to the floating ice. They find themselves in the midst of a storm that requires them to circle with a bent propeller for three days in waters too deep to anchor.
Life at the End of the World (1974) Captain Cousteau and his crew photograph right whales and Magellan penguins on the way to Puerto Eden to interview the Qawashqar Indians. From a population of 4,000 in 1850, the tribe now consists of only nine men, six women, and twelve children.
Beavers of the North Country (1975) Jacques Cousteau and cameramen study the beaver in the Canadian North Country of Saskatchewan. They film the beavers' preparations for winter, try to aid the beavers during the winter and, finally, view the awakening and attendant bustle of the beaver in its role as architect and engineer.
The Coral Divers of Corsica (1975) In the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Corsica, Cousteau studies the destruction of coral bed formations by trawlers. Coral divers are filmed, and one diver is taken down in the diving saucer to view the beautiful color of the coral which cannot be seen at 300 feet without artificial light.
The Sleeping Sharks of Yucatán (1975) Captain Cousteau explores the waters off the tip of Yucatán to find what local divers describe as sharks that retire to underwater caves for rest and sleep. They also swim with manta rays and photograph an "endless wall" of French grunts.
The Sea Birds of Isabela (1975) Cousteau's photographers spend a year on this Pacific island studying the frigatebird, the brown- and blue-footed boobies, the pelican, and the red-billed tropicbird.
Mysteries of the Hidden Reefs (1976) An exploration of the interdependency, adaptation, protective mechanisms and symbiotic relationships of the multitude of life forms in a reef, during both day and night, is conducted by crew of Calypso off the coast of Jamaica.
The Fish That Swallowed Jonah (1976) Cousteau divers journey to Isla Mujeres near Yucatán and the Pacific waters off the coast of Mázatlan to film groupers. Thirty-two miles south of Belize City, fishermen erect a floating village in preparation for the two-week grouper season.
The Incredible March of the Spiny Lobsters (1976) Captain Cousteau goes to Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula to witness the strange sight of lobsters marching. Lines of three or four to nearly 200 march across the sand averaging seven miles a day.
OASIS IN SPACE (television series)
What Price Progress? (1977) Three cases of industrial pollution are featured. Mercury poisoning at Minamata, a Japanese fishing village, and in the English-Wabigoon River System of southwestern Ontario takes its toll on the inhabitants. In Silver Bay, Minnesota, a taconite processing plant dumps 67,000 tons of asbestos-laden tailings into Lake Superior each day.
Grain of Conscience (1977) Despite modern farming techniques, nearly half a billion people suffer from hunger and malnutrition. This film offers potential solutions and contradicts the myth that the sea is a panacea for world hunger.
Troubled Waters (1977) The life cycle of our planet is dependent on our oceans, rivers, and lakes. Cases of water pollution are examined to demonstrate the need to clean up our waterways. Pete Seeger sings his plea for all of us to save the earth's waters.
Population Time Bomb (1977) How do our growing numbers affect our health and happiness? A well-planned program in Costa Rica demonstrates positive results. In El Salvador, the virtually unchecked population growth portends unhappy consequences.
The Power Game (1977) In humanity's race against time for long-term energy sources, coal, nuclear power, and solar energy are examined. An informed public is necessary for the development of energy alternatives.
Visions of Tomorrow (1977) The way the Earth looks today is contrasted with how it will look tomorrow in view of our accelerating use of natural resources. The focus is on the need to take action to preserve and restore the planet.
THE COUSTEAU ODYSSEY (television series)
Calypso's Search for the Britannic (1977) Mightier, stronger and safer than the "unsinkable" Titanic, the HMS Britannic was rocked by an explosion while on a hospital mission during World War I. She now lies at the bottom of the Aegean Sea. Captain Cousteau seeks to unravel the complex mysteries that enshroud this legendary and baffling shipwreck.
Diving for Roman Plunder (1978) Jacques Cousteau and the crew of Calypso retrieve art objects and archeological evidence lost when an ancient Roman galley, loaded with Greek treasures, sank to the floor of the Aegean more than 2,000 years ago. Dozens of pieces are transported to the National Museum of Greece.
Calypso's Search for Atlantis, Part I (1978) Philippe Cousteau travels to the Bahamas, Easter Island, Cocos Island and the Azores to explore possible sites of the lost continent of Atlantis. Meanwhile Jacques Cousteau and Calypso seek answers in the Aegean Sea.
Calypso's Search for Atlantis, Part II (1978) The search for the lost continent continues as Captain Cousteau and the crew of Calypso explore the northern coast of Crete then, farther to the north, desolate Santorini (Thera). Cousteau seeks the connections between the volcanic eruption at Thera thousands of years ago and the legend of Atlantis.
Blind Prophets of Easter Island (1978) Captain Cousteau and his crew explore the riddle of the colossal, 1000-year-old stone heads of Easter Island. They study the even more puzzling history of the atoll's inhabitants. They examine the beauty and brutality of one of the world's most mysterious civilizations.
Time Bomb at Fifty Fathoms (1978) A manmade nightmare, 900 sunken drums of poisonous chemicals, is the salvage quarry of Jacques Cousteau and the Calypso off southern Italy. The race is on to complete a delicate, time-consuming operation before the worst can happen.
Mediterranean: Cradle or Coffin? (1979) Captain Cousteau and his crew wonder at the tremendous and troubling results of Calypso's five-month study evaluating the impact of industry, urbanization, tourism and fishing on the fragile beauty and bounty of the virtually landlocked Mediterranean Sea.
The Nile, Part I (1979) Jacques Cousteau and Philippe Cousteau explore the Nile, from its headwaters in the Ruwenzori mountain range to the catch basin of Lake Victoria, from which the upper White Nile flows, on to Khartoum where the White Nile is joined by the Blue Nile, filming ancient African cultures and teeming animal sanctuaries.
The Nile, Part II (1979) The Cousteau teams explore the Nile from its midpoint to the Mediterranean, investigating the benefits and curses of large-scale water management, with the Jonglei Canal, and the Jebel Aulia and Aswan dams.
Lost Relics of the Sea (1980) Long-lost shipwrecks of the Mediterranean and the Caribbean yield fascination discoveries for Jacques Cousteau and Calypso's divers. They explore for precious salvage sunk in some of humanity's fiercest sea battles and nature's most devastating eruptions.
Clipperton: The Island Time Forgot (1981) Jacques Cousteau and the survivor of a sixty-year old tragedy visit Clipperton Island, six hundred miles off the Pacific coast of Mexico. The isolated island holds few relics of its history of human survival and inhuman depravity, and its harsh environment sustains only boobies, terns, red land crabs, and sparse fish populations in a freshwater lagoon.
Warm-Blooded Sea: Mammals of the Deep (1982) The crew of Calypso traces the evolutionary history of seals, dolphins, whales and other marine mammals, the sea creatures most closely related to humans, on expedition in Florida, South Carolina, Argentina, the Bering Sea, Mexico and Labrador.
NORTH AMERICAN ADVENTURES (television series)
Cries from the Deep (1982) Calypso's crew studies the havoc created by the fishing industry's trawlers off Canada's east coast, explores a sunken Spanish galleon and views the submerged underneath of a glacier. Divers rescue a young humpback whale entangled in fishing gear.
Saint Lawrence: Stairway to the Sea (1982) Captain Cousteau and crew sail the St. Lawrence Seaway, viewing Niagara Falls in winter and Lake Superior's beaver and caribou. They explore two American men-of-war sunk during the War of 1812 as well as the shipwreck Edmund Fitzgerald.
AMAZON (television series)
Calypso Countdown: Rigging for the Amazon (1982) A behind-the-scenes view of the complex and exhaustive preparations for a Cousteau expedition shows a brief history of Calypso and a preview of what lies in store for these explorers of the Amazon.
Journey to a Thousand Rivers (1984) Captain Cousteau begins the exploration of the Amazon at the river's mouth aboard Calypso while a land team ascends to the top of Mount Mismi, Peru, to seek the river's origin.
The Enchanted River (1984 Indians tell Captain Cousteau tales of pink river dolphins while a giant river otter joins the crew aboard Calypso. A hovercraft, a riverboat and helicopter expand the range of the exploration of the Amazon basin.
Shadows in the Wilderness (1984) The Cousteau cameras capture the Indian struggle to maintain cultures and cultural lands in the Amazon: disappearing and threatened tribes, warlike Matis, plate-lipped Xingus, proud Jivaro Achuara, and "show" Indians who dress and perform for tourists.
River of Gold (1984) When gold was discovered nearby, Serra Pelada swelled to 45,000 miners digging in the red mud, hoping to strike it rich. Forty-two men have died and the government threatens to close the site, but the miners still toil and the government continues to take a 25% share of the recovered gold.
Legacy of a Lost World (1984) Cousteau and his crew penetrate the jungle and find cause for hope and despair in regions few outsiders have seen. The incredible diversity of life is threatened by poaching of endangered species, the shaman's knowledge of botanical pharmacopeia equally threatened by the encroachment of modern ways on Indian culture.
Blueprints for Amazonia (1984) The Cousteau team documents the changes in the Amazon basin in the twentieth century. Rubber is no longer king. Highways open the jungle to farming and dams open areas for mining. At Jari, a gigantic pulp plant struggles to achieve sustainable profitability.
Snowstorm in the Jungle (1985) Jean-Michel Cousteau examines how the ancient practice of chewing coca leaves has been transmuted to the modern drug trade. He encounters a young mother arrested for smuggling illegal cocaine and watches an experimental brain operation to prevent addiction, documenting the destructive power of the drug market.
Cousteau/Mississippi: The Reluctant Ally (1985) From Lake Itasca in Minnesota, the mighty Mississippi flows through 10 states on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. A land crew investigates the river's origins while Captain Cousteau and Calypso explore humanity's management of the waters for transportation, industry, agriculture and recreation.
Cousteau/Mississippi: The Friendly Foe (1985) When the waters of the Mississippi become too shallow for Calypso to proceed, an amphibious truck and Zodiac® allow the expedition to continue observations of efforts to keep the river navigable by deepening channels and constructing levees. Water samples are taken along the entire length of the river to establish a baseline for future pollution studies.
Jacques Cousteau: The First 75 Years (1985) On Captain Cousteau's seventy-fifth birthday, celebrities and friends join to honor his many accomplishments. Scenes from the birthday party at Mount Vernon are interspersed with never-before-shown historical footage.
Riders of the Wind (1986) The maiden voyages of Moulin á Vent (Windmill) and Alcyone (daughter of the Greek god of the wind) demonstrate the revolutionary Turbosail system of propulsion. Using the same aerodynamic principle as the lift of an airplane wing, the system produces fuel savings of 25 to 35 percent.
Island of Peace (1988) Costa Rica has blossomed since abolishing its army in 1948 and diverting funds instead to parks, education and quality of life. Am island of peace, Costa Rica is surrounded by neighbors that are frequently beset by armed conflict.
REDISCOVERY OF THE WORLD I (television series)
Haiti: Waters of Sorrow (1986) Calypso begins the "Rediscovery of the World" expeditions in Haiti where Captain Cousteau and crew find an island plagued by erosion, deforestation, and the lack of water and fish. Despite hardship and little education, the Haitian people draw strength and hope from their religions-- voodoo and Roman Catholicism.
Cuba: Waters of Destiny (1986) In contrast to the barren waters around Haiti, Cuba's strict regulations have resulted in plentiful fish and lobster for harvest. Divers capture on film a whale shark feeding on a near-solid mass of prey. Captain Cousteau meets with Fidel Castro, visits Cubans in the tobacco and sugar cane industries, and tours the US Naval Base at Guantanamo.
Cape Horn: Waters of the Wind (1986) Alcyone, the experimental windship propelled by the Turbosail system, tests her seaworthiness in the treacherous waters around the southern tip of South America. The only difficulty comes from an encounter with an uncharted, jagged rock and the ship is soon repaired. Led by Jean-Michel Cousteau, film teams document sunken ships in forests of kelp and, on land, penguins, cormorants and albatrosses vying for space.
Sea of Cortez: Legacy of Cortez (1987) Alcyone travels to the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) to film fin whales feeding on clouds of prey in the waters that are threatened with depletion by Japanese and Korean fishing "factories." The Cousteau crew documents local catches of manta rays where once more lucrative species were fished.
Marquesas islands: Mountains from the Sea (1987) Calypso crosses the equator on her trek to the Marquesas and observes the traditional ceremony for crew members. Dolphins escort the ship to land, where ruins and Tiki statues reminiscent of Easter Island contrast with lush vegetation and a village celebration. Divers swim with rays and sharks in adjacent waters.
Channel Islands: Waters of Contention (1987) The Cousteau crew discovers how humans, trying to manage nature, can create new problems. Kelp harvesting flourishes but fisheries are in decline. Abalone and sea urchin fishermen vie with sea otters for the same commodity, and the protected otters are often the losers.
Channel Islands: Days of Future Past (1987) Peter Howorth, once an exploiter of pinnipeds, now runs a marine mammal center where animals are rescued and rehabilitated. Arky, a rescued harbor seal, is "adopted" by the crew of Alcyone. Animal management of the islands includes culling alien species such as sheep, cattle and pigs; protecting endemic species like the fox; and reintroducing species that died off, like the eagle.
New Zealand: The Rose and the Dragon (1988) Captain Cousteau and his crew are given a traditional Maori welcome with oratory and tribal music. In the sea, they film diverse species including the paper nautilus. On land, they pursue the flightless kiwi.
New Zealand: The Heron of the Single Flight (1988) In New Zealand, the Cousteau team encounters many oddities-- Hooker sea lions nestled in the forest, the knobby tuatara, fossils of the extinct moa, a small flock of heron, and the incredible elephant fish. Because of over-fishing, unpopular quotas have been imposed but, at night, a factory ship vacuums the sea of squid.
Pacific Northwest: Land of the Living Totems (1988) Alcyone journeys from Maui, Hawaii, to the Pacific Northwest hoping to discover the route of the humpback whale migration and clues to why the whale population is not increasing. Haida Indians contest the cedar-cutting of cedar forest and win when an area is declared a national park.
Tahiti: Fire Waters (1988) Weather and outside influences have prompted many islanders to leave isolated areas and move into cities, thus changing their lifestyle. Turtles are disappearing but pearl farming thrives. Captain Cousteau and crew view MacDonald Seamount and travel on to Mururoa, nuclear-testing site, to test the water for radioactivity.
Cocos Island: Sharks of Treasure Island (1989) Once visited by pirates, this National Park has lush vegetation from abundant rainfall and an underwater world full of myriad species. The Cousteau crew films sharks that laze by potential prey during the day only to feed in a frenzy by night. With few rangers to safeguard this park, lobster poaching goes on only a half-mile from shore.
Bering Sea: Twilight of the Alaskan Hunter (1989) An imposed, short salmon harvest of gigantic proportions gives wealth to many while interfering with the subsistence of the natives. The Cousteau team finds that Eskimos are allowed to kill bowhead whales and seals for sustenance, but some hunters of walrus do so only for the ivory. Tracking polar bears is difficult as they range into Soviet territory.
New Zealand: The Smoldering Sea (1989) Captain Cousteau and his crew explore an active volcano on White Island. To the North, a wreck of a long-line fishing boat is discovered with the ship's logs intact. On Auckland Island, goats and deer, introduced by humans, must be culled to restore depleted native flora.
Australia: The Last Barrier (1989) The Great Barrier Reef--1200 miles of diverse reef and sea life. A reef recovering from the Crown of Thorns starfish now must contend with more and more tourists. Calypso's team films mass coral spawning, the odd platypus, and a sea crocodile before moving inland to view cave drawings of Aborigines, the first conservationists of Australia.
Borneo: The Ghost of the Sea Turtle (1989) Crew members from Calypso seek a hermit who is said to have inhabited an island for 35 to 40 years only to find that he is replaced every three months! They film a dazzling ballet performed by myriad undersea life on the way to Sipidan to study why turtles are dying in the labyrinth of the underwater caves.
Papua New Guinea: Into the Time Machine (1990) In 1930, explorers looking for gold found the people of Papua New Guinea. Alcyone divers study how islanders catch fish. The crew visits a shrine of smoked bodies, sees Mudmen who describe the days of massacres and retribution, and then views a modern ceremony for the payback of a death. They learn of the Kula Ring, a fraternity of traded insults and jewelry. As a bonus, they are able to film orcas eating sharks.
Papua New Guinea: River of Crocodile Men (1990) The Sepik crocodile, master of the spirit world, inspires hunts for the sale of the skins or sale to crocodile farms, as well as a rite of passage for young males. Two-thirds of a boy's body is scarred to resemble the scale pattern of this reptile.
Papua New Guinea: Center of Fire (1990) World War II left the land and sea of Papua New Guinea littered with debris. Cousteau teams visit submerged ships and planes. The open pit mining for gold has created a loss of ancient environment and worry of the future when mining is over. The crews of Calypso and Alcyone joyously rendezvous after three years of separation.
Thailand: Convicts of the Sea (1990) Factory ships plunder the bottom of the sea drilling for tin ore while natives with buckets and shovels collect ore using airhoses to breathe. There is variety on the reef, but Captain Cousteau and his crew find that the fish are small. Trawlers have stripped the sea of fish; where the ships are unable to go, local divers risk their lives to set nets beneath the sea.
Borneo: Forests Without Land (1990) Captain Cousteau investigates the flora and fauna of Borneo and films a hunt for birds' nests. Some people live on floating islands of "lipa" or houseboats, while others have built houses on stilts above the water. Two crew members camp out in the mangroves. The crew encounters children fishing with explosives.
Andaman Islands: Invisible Islands (1990) Captain Cousteau and the crew of Calypso film diverse sea life in an area which has not been over-fished. A religious pilgrimage signifying the triumph of the spirit over the flesh is documented. Elephants are used instead of bulldozers are used for ecologically sound lumbering. The crew is amazed to see the elephants swimming between islands.
Outrage at Valdez (1990) When the Exxon Valdez spilled oil into Prince William Sound, the organization responsible for oil spill response, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, was unprepared. Oil covered the beaches. Volunteers cleaned otters, seals, eagles and other birds with painstaking slowness. A Cousteau team visits numerous times over the course of a year to monitor cleanup efforts.
Lilliput in Antarctica (1990) Captain Cousteau takes six children, representing Australia, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa to Antarctica in an effort to show the world that this continent must be preserved for the sake of future generations. The children see the beauty of this land and the ugliness of oil still seeping from the Bahia Paraiso which went aground in 1989.
Australia: Out West, Down Under (1990) Off the coast of Australia, Cousteau divers film large groupers and sea snakes. They document the lobster fishery and the seeding of oysters to produce pearls. The divers also swim with dugongs and watch the dolphins of Monkey Mia swim into the shallow water to greet tourists.
Australia: People of the Dry Sea (1 hour) A barren desert, once the bottom of the sea, is home to Aboriginal nomads who live in harmony with the land, knowing the edible plants and hidden reservoirs of water, though many have moved toward civilization where "grog" erodes tradition for some. The Cousteau crew films opal mining and camel racing amid endless flies.
Australia: People of Fire and Water (1 hour) The crew of Alcyone explores Kakadu National Park, a primeval swamp teeming with birds, insects, and reptiles. They learn of Aboriginal management by fire and view the mining of uranium for use in other countries. They sail down the River Murray and learn of the waterway's decline from mismanagement and introduced species.
Australia: Fortunes in the Sea (1 hour) Indonesians travel to Australia's waters where they fish for sea cucumbers ("trepany") and trochus shells. The crew of Alcyone finds Indonesians at conflict with Bardi aborigines over the shells. They also view the deadly blue-ringed octopus and the willowy, leafy sea-dragon.
Tasmania: Australia's Awakening Island (1 hour) Sea dragons, mutton birds, tiger snakes, wombats, and Tasmanian devils await the Cousteau crew on this island devoid of its original inhabitants. Mismanagement by the British and present-day government have left areas barren from mining and deforestation. Tasmanians fight the expansion of a pulp plant in agricultural surroundings and win.
REDISCOVERY OF THE WORLD II (television series)
Indonesia I: The Devil's Orchard (1992) In an archipelago defined by volcanoes, Captain Cousteau and the crew of Calypso discover Komodo dragons, anchovies, cuttlefish and spawning sponges amid coral gardens. The crew of Alcyone meets with Calypso to celebrate Albert Falco's last birthday before he retires.
Indonesia II: Sumatra, the Heart of the Sea (1992) The Indonesian archipelago is inhabited by many different ethnic groups and a diversity of sea life. Captain Cousteau and his crew journey to Sumatra, an island dotted with rice farms where oxen are used for plowing. They visit a rehabilitation center where orangutans from zoos are retrained how to survive and then returned to nature.
Nauru: The Island Planet (1992) Nauru, an island four-fifths dead from phosphate mining, sports a green outer ring against a barren center. In the sea, the Cousteau crew finds an ashen underwater landscape with dying coral. Natives live on foreign investment, but neighbors on Ocean Island (Banaba) are not as fortunate. Their phosphate was sold for too little and the remaining inhabitants have no electricity, running water or mail service.
The Mirage of the Sea (1992) When Captain Cousteau first explored the undersea world, he was met with endless beauty and multitudes of diverse sea life, primarily in the coastal zone. Humanity is sweeping the water with trawlers, nets, drugs, cyanide and dynamite. What life is not taken, is poisoned with toxic effluent, fertilizer and oil. The sea is wounded.
The Great White Shark: Lonely Lord of the Sea (1992) The crew aboard Alcyone study great white sharks over a period of two years. The sharks are tagged, have tissue samples taken and are tracked. A shark attacks a mock white shark when blood is released. However, when a diver is displayed in a bulletproof plastic cage, a shark simply examines him.
Palawan: The Last Refuge (1992) Captain Cousteau and his crew explore the limestone caves of this Philippine Island. The team discovers swiftlets apparently using sound and echo to guide them in the dark. There are fish hiding in the cave from the illegal dynamite fishing which decimates the finned population as well as the reef. Cyanide is used to stun fish gathered for aquariums and restaurants.
Danube: The Curtain Rises (1993) Captain Cousteau, along with his daughter, Diane, explores the Danube by helicopter, from its sources in the Black Forest to its delta in the Black Sea. On foot, in Zodiacs, in a canoe, on an ice-breaker, the Cousteau team explores the entire basin of the Danube. In the underground waters that feed the Danube, the team discovers the rare and mysterious proteus, a blind amphibian with scarlet gills.
Danube: Charlemagne's Dream (1993) Captain Cousteau and son Pierre-Yves travel the Rhine from its mouth in the North Sea to the Danube, the rivers linked by a canal, as Charlemagne dreamed more than a thousand years ago. Aboard the Jegtoro, the team travels the river to explore the dams that have flooded villages but have also revealed the Lepenski Vir culture. Cousteau divers use underwater scooters to explore the majestic grottoes of Izverna, Romania.
Danube: Cries of the River (1993) The divers suit up at the edge of a frozen lake in Plivitce park, Yugoslavia. They explore 16 cascading lakes that feed the Save, a tributary of the distant Danube. The cascading lakes were made of calcified grasses over 4000 years and this area is classified as a world heritage. The team travels by Zodiac through the flooded forest of Gemenc, in Hungary. They are delighted by sightings of the great royal stag, the Carpathian bear, the mythical Danube silurid (catfish) and the largest of the flying birds, the pelican.
Danube: Rivalries Overflow (1993) War chases the Cousteau team from Yugoslavia. Romanian fishermen, unemployed because of pollution and dictatorship, celebrate Easter for the first time in 40 years.The team discovers industrial complexes which endanger the health of plant employees and local aquatic life. Surrounded by experts, Captain Cousteau visits the Bulgarian nuclear power plant at Kosloduy. In the Danube delta, the team documents the wreck of a Russian freighter that completely blocks the flow of the river. A joyful band of children launch kites in the colors of the nine countries that the river traverses.
The Secret Societies of Dolphins and Whales (1993) The Cousteau team begins its underwater adventure with a pod of spotted dolphins 40 miles off the Bahaman coast. They encounter JoJo, a lone bottlenosed dolphin, who travels without a pod and spends a great deal of his time in the company of humans. Off the coast of Fiji, divers find the skeletal remains of pilot whales deep within a reef cave nearly 200 feet down. They track the long migration of humpbacks, interview a woman attacked by a pilot whale in Hawaii and swim with gray whales.
Mekong I: The Gift of Water (1994) The expedition team travels the Mekong River from the infamous "Golden Triangle," opium capital of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. The team lives aboard traditional wooden riverboats while exploring the underwater life of the river, which is little known to science, and encounter one of the largest freshwater fish known, a 600-pound, nine-foot catfish. In Thailand, cameras capture an annual event called Songkran, a giant, celebratory water fight among villagers.
Mekong II: Vietnam/Cambodia: Children of Rice and Guns (1994) The Cousteau team captures on film the dramatic contrast between river life in the two countries. The crew of Calypso enter the Mekong at its mouth in now-peaceful Vietnam and head north into war-torn Cambodia.
JACQUES-YVES COUSTEAU (television series)
My First Eighty-Five Years (1995) From his birth in the heartland of rural France, Jacques-Yves Cousteau has become a pioneer of the world's seas. This film looks back on Captain Cousteau's long, adventurous life and the landmarks that have earned him worldwide respect - from his role in developing the first SCUBA gear to his global expeditions on Calypso. At 85, Cousteau is still fighting to protect the earth for future generations.
Madagascar: The Island Bleeds (1995) (1 hour) The Cousteau team aboard Alcyone cruises Madagascar's west coast heading for Betsiboka, the island's biggest river. The team discovers that the river dark red color is caused by massive land erosion, which eventually buries the coral reef in mud. The cause of the erosion is a gigantic lumber market that threatens the island's ecology and the livelihoods of the farmers who depend on rich, fertile soil. However, Madagascar's ecological pioneers have fought back by creating immense natural reserves as well as new economic resources for inhabitants.
Madagascar, Island of Spirits (1995) (1 hour) The expedition team aboard Alcyone observes the wildlife of the world's fourth largest island, exploring forests and oceans. Their cameras capture the eerie cries of Madagascar's lemurs, the underground streams of the Ankarana range, the undersea world surrounding the island and the local rituals celebrating ancestral spirits.
South Africa: Diamonds of the Desert (1996) The Cousteau crew explores the diamond-yielding Namib desert and its ghost towns all the way to mining operations in the sea along the Skeleton Coast of Namibia. The sands of the Sperrgebiet and Kalahari deserts reveal jewels of their own: lions desert squirrels and weaver birds as well as the semi-nomadic population of Himbas.
Across China with the Yellow River (1997) Beginning high on the Tibetan plateau where the Yellow River rises, the Cousteau team traces the great waterways entire length to the Gulf of Bohai. Descending the river, the team gathers experiences in the waters of Lake Ngoring, at 4,300 meters altitude; at the Yushu lamasery, perched on the Bayan Har Shan mountains; in Lanzhou, formerly the domain of caravans plying the Silk Road; on the Shapotou dunes, where inhabitants stay the dune's march toward the river by laying out squares of straw on its slopes by hand; and in Shanxi, the land of troglodytes, where 30 million Chinese still dwell underground. As the team and the water end their journey, the Cousteau crew takes the measure of the sediment that give its name to the Yellow River.
Baikal: Beneath the Mirror (1999) At the limits of Russia and China, the Cousteau team explores the oldest, purest, most voluminous, most mysterious lake in the world: Baikal. This pristine lake at the foot of Siberias evergreen forests harbors 1,400 unique life forms. The nerpa, the worlds only freshwater seal, bathes in sunlight on rocky shores; the golomyanka, devoid of scales and composed of almost pure fat, inhabits the lakes floor; the omuli and grayling feed a thriving fishery.
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