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The Living Sea

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Beneath the mantling oceans, Cousteau and his professional diving team excavate a ship which sank in the third century B.C. They roam afar to investigate other wrecks, from one sunk in the Bronze Age to a freighter which went down before their eyes. Captain Cousteau goes down to the bottom of the sea in the bathyscaph and starts an undersea avalanche which engulfs the vess ...more
Paperback, 15 pages
Published August 1st 1988 by Nick Lyons Books (first published 1963)
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Nicholas Griffith
Jun 14, 2010 Nicholas Griffith rated it it was amazing
Well written. Although co-authored with James Dugan, it seems Cousteau is a better writer. Dugan wrote "Man and the Sea" which I haven't been able to finish, partly because its so horribly written. If you're into the ocean, this book has a great last chapter about the psychological changes people undergo while living in underwater habitats for weeks at a time. A must-read for all of you seafarers!
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Still have images in my mind from childhood of Cousteau jumping of his marine research vessel 'Calypso' -- from the TV series, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau." It was a undersea wonderland to me then. The book fills in a narrative I didn't catch back then, and captures the life of a person who seems to have belonged more to sea than to land. Interesting & straightforward. The spearing of fish for sport is unsettling however.
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Born in 1910, was a French naval officer, explorer, ecologist, and filmmaker, who studied the sea. Although he is most famous to us from his television programmes, he also co-developed the aqua-lung, and pioneered marine conservation as a political and scientific priority.
In the Calypso, an ex-Royal Navy minesweeper, Cousteau visited the most interesting waters of the planet. During these trips he
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“La notizia si sparse per il Calypso dalla sala macchine al ponte, e tutti affollarono la mensa per vedere i reperti. Con gesto rituale Ichac alzò le coppe: «Sono state riunite insieme con i manici genelli ad angolo retto fra loro» disse separandole. «Io sto ora separando oggetti che uno specialista imballò in questo modo 2200 anni fa.»
L'osservazione fece colpo sulla compagnia. Le coppe erano state tornite e riunite da esseri viventi i cui abili risultati erano passati dalle loro mani alle nostre attraverso un arco di duemila anni. Noi non intendevamo immergerci semplicemente per andare a pescare dei pezzi da museo, ma per avere notizia di quegli artigiani, per sapere come la loro merce delicata potesse giungere fin nelle acque della Gallia, e sopratutto - per marinai come noi - per avere dati sulla nave e sull'abilità marinara della ciurma. Che specie di nave era quella? Come era stata costruita? Che sorta di uomini l'avevano manovrata? Degli indizi sarebbero potuti uscire dalla fanghiglia sotto di noi per raccontare ogni cosa.”
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