This past June 11 was my grandfather’s 100th anniversary and what better way to honor him than with a dive! My father Jean-Michel, brother Fabien, and I went to the Mediterranean and joined with some of the elders of the Calypso for a dive to celebrate together, as an extended family, the life of Jacques Cousteau. Needless to say it was an absolutely amazing opportunity to share a moment underwater, and take in the life he has given all of us in some way.
I keep hearing how people grew up with my grandfather and I never tire of it. It is inspiring to think one person can touch the lives of so many. It is my hope that this can be a unifying force, together creating a positive movement for our oceans’ future. In the meantime, I will keep doing what I am doing, hoping he is watching from somewhere, perhaps not above the clouds, but maybe more appropriately below the waves. I am thankful for the life I have been given and grateful I can, in my own way, continue the work he has started. I know there were many people out there celebrating this day in their own way and that thought creates a great energy.