Jacques Cousteau on Atlantis and Cognac
"We're going to investigate every single one of these hypotheses, and we'll tell you what we think is the truth about it" - Jacques Cousteau in 1978
- [Interviewer] Will you actively participate
in diving yourself?
- I was there three days ago, yes, I do dive.
- [Interviewer] You are an amazing man, you are now 65?
- [Male] 65, yes.
- [Interviewer] You are as trim and healthy looking
as a human can be--
- That's something I don't understand.
I don't see any difference between the capability
that I enjoy now and the ones I enjoyed for 20 years ago.
I don't see any difference.
So I don't understand these questions.
- [Interviewer] We heard the great news a few weeks ago
that you and your crew and the Calypso
and all sorts of gear were going to try to find
the lost continent of Atlantis.
This is not just mythological,
there really is something to look for?
- [Male] Well once more, our intentions have been slightly
changed in the announcement because, of course,
you are not looking for the lost continent
of Atlantis at all.
Because I don't think there was a lost
continent of Atlantis.
But there certainly was something at the origin
of the legend, and that's what we are investigating.
- [Interviewer] Well what leads you to believe
you will find something there?
- I did not say that I would find something.
I would say that my inquiry would tell the truth about it.
I think this is a major subject for the public to know
the truth about because we're reading
so many contradictory news.
The Atlantis is found in the Atlantic, in the Pacific,
in the North Sea, in the Sahara, I don't know where.
So we're going to investigate every single one of these
hypotheses, and we'll tell you what we think
is the truth about it.
- [Interviewer] Unfortunately Captain, if you didn't know
it, I better tell you but that motion picture Jaws opens
on the continent this week.
There have been many killings of the great white shark
by man because of the movie.
- Yeah, the great white shark is a rare and almost
an endangered species.
So instead of being frightened by the great white sharks,
we should protect them.
What we can do is to protest against these killings as
strong as we can and eventually to go
and say to the fishermen, aren't you ashamed of yourself.
- [Interviewer] The Cousteau society is a not
for profit organization, is it not?
- [Male] Bien sur, of course.
- [Interviewer] Because I read your financial statement,
in fact you're not in the black by any means.
- [Male] The Cousteau society is dedicated
to improving our life and the perspectives of life
of our children and grandchildren by protecting
the water system of this planet by all means.
It intends to achieve these goals by using
all the communication methods possible, television, film.
- [Interviewer] Another one of the ABC specials,
The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau is about
to be seen on television.
- [Male] We are starting our ninth season.
- [Interviewer] That is an amazing record for you.
- [Male] Because we produced four films a year
and this will complete the series to 36.
- [Interviewer] This is amazing.
- [Male] What we're doing really is the beginning
of a big strong, long difficult fight,
and we need the support of all our members,
their very close support.
- [Interviewer] What is a day on the Calypso
like for the crew.
An average day when, well what are you doing?
- [Male] Well, the day starts in the evening.
- [Interviewer] All right, that's a good place to start.
- The day starts in the evening when,
around the dinner table we all discuss
about the program of the next day.
If the plan is appealing enough, then maybe we would open
a bottle of cognac and carry on
a little longer in the evening.
Then the next morning very early, we are all on deck.
Everybody knows what he has to do and the sailing unrolls
itself like a smooth, well-oiled machine
and the divers go one after, all in all, doing their job.
Then we find ourselves back at the dinner table
in the evening for the next day.
- [Interviewer] Do you have, it sounds delightful,
do you have divers from the world over
who would like to become part of the crew of the Calypso?
- [Male] Oh yes, we see a great number of applications.
Unfortunately the turnover is very slow.
People stay with us.
We have very rarely an opportunity for a new diver
to be wedged in.
- [Interviewer] I can easily see, I think, why those who
associate themselves with Jacques Cousteau would want
to make it a life's work.
You have made it your life's work.
- [Male] Yes.
- [Interviewer] And to you we offer thanks.
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