Sea change: Who is today's Jacques Cousteau?

  • Article by: JOHN RASH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 20, 2012 - 9:42 PM

"The Silent World," as Jacques Cousteau called the ocean in a best-selling book and Oscar-winning documentary, lost its voice when the oceanographer died in 1997.

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davehougJul. 20, 1210:10 PM

"Jacques Cousteau could transcend a lot of those barriers and boundaries that separated people and nations, and get them together around the common cause of the ocean." - - - Often we don't appreciate the gift of an individual to bring others to the same place.

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debdianeJul. 25, 12 5:12 AM

Perhaps you have never seen the Animal Planet programs you characterized as extreme and "geared for Nielson, not naturalists." I have never seen Hillbilly Handfishin', but Gator Boys is about an alligator rescue group in Florida. Call of the Wildman stars Ernie Brown Jr., aka The Turtleman, who rescues wild animals in Kentucky, specializing in turtles. River Monster is part National Geographic special and part Field and Stream magazine brought to life. Jeremy Wade interacts with people around the world with respect for their home and their culture. None of these "stars" may have the fame of a Jacques Cousteau or a world stage to champion their cause, but I would argue that they are all naturalists, making a difference in their corner of the world or area of expertise. If they are entertaining at the same time, I think it's a win-win.

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