Jacques Yves Cousteau: Pioneer of the Antarctic Ice
In the 1970′s the famous Antarctic explorer, Jacques Yves Cousteau, made his trek from Monaco to the Antarctic Circle. Although it was first explored in the 18th century, Cousteau and his team were determined to investigate the flora and fauna beneath the frozen ice fields of the Antarctic Circle. Throughout the expedition, the tenacious crew of the Calypso encountered many dangers such as large amounts of ice that could damage the vulnerable rudders and propellers of the Calypso. Not only was the ship in danger, but the crew faced death with every dive considering the water was at a constant 28 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once the Calypso reached the Antarctic, Cousteau and his crew discovered a naturally sculpted iceberg they named, the Sphinx. Along the way to their destination, Cousteau’s team encountered a surprising amount of wildlife. From the large humpback whales to the larval fish found in the Sphinx’s crevices, each creature was a marvel for the team. Determined not to disturb these animals from their natural habitat, Philippe surveyed the land in the first hot air balloon ride in the Antarctic.
After passing through the Mystic Mountain, Cousteau and team achieve their objective by arriving at the ice fields. By utilizing holes made by seals, team members dive into the serene darkness of the water. Cousteau remains a visionary as an explorer to the Antarctic climate. After countless documentaries and films capturing arctic animals for the first time in their natural habitat, Cousteau truly is a pioneer.
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