Jun
11
2010

Happy 100th Cousteau, from Smithsonian Ocean Portal

Dive in and explore: Discover amazing videos, pictures, and cool ocean stuff, including teacher resources and actions you can take.
Dive in and explore: Discover amazing videos, pictures, and cool ocean stuff, including teacher resources and actions you can take.Courtesy Smithsonian Ocean Portal

Today marks the 100th birthday of the late, great ocean explorer and visionary Jacques Cousteau. How many remember watching “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” on TV—either as a kid or with their kids? For many of us in the 1960s and 70s, a Cousteau TV special was a major event that brought the whole family together. His programs were how we first came to love and appreciate the marine world and see the effects of human actions. Cousteau was truly ahead of his time, and his conservation ethic is needed more than ever as we tackle problems like climate change, overfishing, pollution, and—of course—the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
We can draw inspiration from his example and take steps to help the ocean. Some of the most important actions you can take involve making changes in your own home, driveway, and workplace. The newly launched Smithsonian Ocean Portal is an award-winning website designed to help people connect with the ocean and “Find Their Blue.” More than 20 organizations have joined forces to build this site as a way to inspire and engage more people in ocean science and issues. Why not start today, as a birthday gift to Cousteau?
Tell us how he inspired you
and learn more about sharks and squids, coral reefs, the deep ocean, the Gulf oil spill, and much more. Dive in and explore!
Colleen Marzec, Managing Producer
Smithsonian Ocean Portal

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

mdr's picture
mdr says:

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is running All-Cousteau-All-Day. One program after another.

posted on Fri, 06/11/2010 - 2:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Stop hurting our oceans by pouring oil and other trash into it, how would you like if someone started to pour oil into your home?

posted on Mon, 06/14/2010 - 1:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what has happened to b.p this year. learn to fix the leek properly

posted on Tue, 08/03/2010 - 11:22am
punky's picture
punky says:

The oil spill is in an oil field that could produce just enough oil for America's needs for one year.

Is that worth destroying the gulf of Mexico?

posted on Fri, 08/20/2010 - 6:08pm

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