Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the late ocean explorer, Jacques Cousteau, spoke to the aquarium last night about his ocean adventures, and how he is continuing his father’s legacy into present day.
Founder of the non-profit and free to join organization, Ocean Futures Society, Jean-Michel has produced over 70 films focusing on marine life, and has dedicated his life to marine research and conversation.
During the lecture, Jean-Michel showed clips of his films, and encouraged everyone to join his efforts by educating themselves and their children, watching his films and by joining his organization. I encourage you to do the same. To get started, here are five interesting facts from his speech:
- It’s not easy being a female grey shark. During mating, the male bites the female’s fin to hold onto her, sometimes killing her.
- Orcas are the dominate species in the ocean, just like us!
- George W. Bush helped preserve over 200,000 miles of the Pacific Ocean by declaring three marine moments in the area, making it the largest marine conservation effort to date.
- There is a species of penguin called jackass penguins, named for their donkey-like bray.
- Jean-Michel really freed Willy!