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Celine Cousteau Chooses the Family Business

Third generation "oceanaut" Celine Cousteau continues the work her marine explorer grandfather, Jacques and her filmmaker father Jean-Michel have contributed to knowledge about the oceans. She describes her roles as explorer, diver and respected Ambassador for the Environment when she gives a talk on April 4 at 8 p.m., at Fairfield University's Quick Center. The Cousteau family connection to ocean discovery began when her grandfather, Jacques, born in France in 1910, co-invented the aqualung in the early '40s. Hugely revolutionary, it made studying marine life possible by allowing divers to stay under water for long periods of time.

Subsequently, Jacques Cousteau became a world famous explorer-marine detective, looking at the previously sealed off oceans. Among his many accomplishments was documenting the sonar-like capabilities of dolphins and raising awareness of and organizing against radioactive dumping and over-exploitation of the oceans. His decades of films and TV shows made him a legendary figure who took millions of people with him on his specially-outfittted ship, the Calypso, to investigate underwater life.

Celine Cousteau has worked with her father, Jean-Michel, on his PBS series, "Ocean Adventures" as well as on The Discovery Channel documentary, "Mysteries of the Shark Coast." She has also acted as an ambassador for her father's Ocean Future's Society, among many other projects. Hear her when she talks about how she's taken on her inherited mantle as environmental advocate. Tickets are $45. For more information, visit the Quick Center's website .

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