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  • Issue 38

From 50 fathoms under, Jacques Cousteau taught a generation to love the oceans. But as Annick Weber learns, the maritime explorer’s own ambitions and preoccupations always swam close to the surface.

In the autumn of 1977, Jacques Cousteau was on a six-week tour of the US to raise funds for filming his much-loved documentary series that was airing on American television at the time. The lectures sold out in each city he visited, attracting crowds bigger than many rock bands. During a stop in Seattle, a group of local schoolchildren came to meet him before the event. Handing him a drawing of a colorful underwater world, one child shyly asked what it


This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Eight

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