I had no idea that the grandson of the renowned late Jacque Cousteau lives just a few miles up the road in Santa Monica, California. As a child I loved watching his grandfather’s expeditions. This interview is so depressing.
I could cut my leg off, I could cut my arm off, I could gouge my eye out, I’d still probably survive, but not very well,” Cousteau said. “And that’s what we’re doing to our oceans.
Pointing to massive annual dead zones off the U.S. coast, Cousteau explained that our oceans are past their tipping point:
The Florida Keys, third longest barrier reef in the world, is a dead zone. Ninety percent of the big fish, the tuna, the sharks, and other things, are already gone in the oceans. There’s a dead zone in the Gulf Of Mexico every summer the size of New Jersey, where there’s not enough oxygen for things to live. So it’s not a question of ‘Can the oceans take any more?’ The oceans can’t take any more. They couldn’t take any more fifty years ago. The question is, when are we going to stop?
- Phillippe Cousteau, Jr. To Bill Maher: Even Before Oil Spill, The Oceans Couldn’t Take Any More (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Phillippe Cousteau Joins Bill Maher to Talk Deepwater Disaster (VIDEO) (treehugger.com)
- Philippe Cousteau dives into the Gulf oil spill (theworld.org)
- Behind the Scenes With First Divers To Descend Beneath the Surface of Gulf Oil Spill (Exclusive) (treehugger.com)
- Underwater nightmare: ‘What BP does not want you to see.’ (thinkprogress.org)
- Cousteau’s grandson: “This is a nightmare.” (crooksandliars.com)