“I have a confession to make. I am addicted to adventure, and as a young boy, I would rather look outside the window at the birds in the trees and the sky than looking at that two-dimensional chalky blackboard where time stands still and even sometimes dies. My teachers thought there was something wrong with me because I wasn’t paying attention in class. They didn’t find anything specifically wrong with me, other than being slightly dyslexic because I’m a lefty. But they didn’t test for curiosity. Curiosity, to me, is about our connection with the world, with the universe. It’s about seeing what’s around that next coral head or what’s around that next tree, and learning more not only about our environment but about ourselves.
Fabien Cousteau is a French aquatic filmmaker and oceanographic explorer who is grandson to another ocean pioneer, Jacques Cousteau. He launched his first solo expedition to film a National Geographic special Attack of the Mystery Shark. He also broke his grandfather’s record for the longest time underwater for a film crew.