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Ocean Adventures

All Episodes 2006 - 2008

  • Ended
  • PBS
  • 2007-03-17T20:00:00-04:00
  • 60 mins
  • 10 hours, 0 mins
  • Documentary
A generation ago, Jacques-Yves Cousteau revealed the oceans' mysteries to millions of landlocked PBS television viewers, and inspired a groundswell of public awareness of the unique problems faced by the world's marine environments. Now, 30 years later, Jacques' son Jean-Michel Cousteau and his expedition team have set sail to explore dangerous and spectacular locales across the globe in the high-definition series, Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures, premiering with the film Voyage to Kure, narrated by Pierce Brosnan.

10 episodes

1x01 Voyage to Kure Part 1

  • Series Premiere

    2006-04-05T00:00:00-04:00 — 60 mins

In Voyage to Kure, Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team of 20 experienced divers and scientists travel for six weeks aboard the Searcher to the farthest edge of the NWHI, the remote Kure Atoll. Along the way, they stop to explore reefs and islands teeming with life and to meet the researchers and scientists working to protect these fragile ecosystems. The Cousteau team's goal is to explore a realm that seems beyond human impact, to show its wonders to the world and to encourage its protection. Using the latest diving, filmmaking and communication technology, they are truly modern-day explorers.

1x02 Voyage to Kure Part 2

  • 2006-04-12T00:00:00-04:00 — 60 mins

In Voyage to Kure, Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team of 20 experienced divers and scientists travel for six weeks aboard the Searcher to the farthest edge of the NWHI, the remote Kure Atoll. Along the way, they stop to explore reefs and islands teeming with life and to meet the researchers and scientists working to protect these fragile ecosystems. The Cousteau team's goal is to explore a realm that seems beyond human impact, to show its wonders to the world and to encourage its protection. Using the latest diving, filmmaking and communication technology, they are truly modern-day explorers.

1x03 Sharks at Risk

  • 2006-07-12T00:00:00-04:00 — 60 mins

In Sharks at Risk, Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team meet sharks face-to-face in two intense expeditions. The first takes place in French Polynesia in the Tuamotu Archipelago at Rangiroa, the second-largest coral atoll in the world and an underwater paradise that is famous for its large concentration of sharks. The second is off the coast of South Africa, at the Cape of Good Hope, where Jean-Michel and others swim with the most feared of all sharks -- the great white

1x04 The Gray Whale Obstacle Course

  • 2006-07-19T00:00:00-04:00 — 60 mins

In The Gray Whale Obstacle Course, Jean-Michel Cousteau and the Ocean Adventures team travel the length of this migration, from the warm waters of Magdalena Bay in Baja California, Mexico, where the gray whales give birth, nurse their calves, rest and play before their long journey north, to the nutrient-rich feeding grounds of the Bering Sea in Alaska. The team searches for clues about this resilient, yet threatened species to gain a better understanding of the increasing challenges, both natural and man-made, that gray whales face along the way.

1x05 America's Underwater Treasures Part 1

  • 2006-09-20T00:00:00-04:00 — 60 mins

In this two-part, two-hour episode, Jean-Michel Cousteau, his son, Fabien, daughter, Céline, and his team of expert divers set out to investigate, for the first time, all 13 of our National Marine Sanctuaries and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Marine Monument. While discovering what makes them unique, the group explores how these sites are conservation challenges for the country. Traversing thousands of miles, the Ocean Adventures team ventures below and above the sea off the coasts of Michigan, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Massachusetts, California, Washington, Hawai'i and American Samoa on a mission to introduce Americans to these fragile sanctuaries. Over the course of the expedition, Ocean Adventures team members dive in a huge range of conditions and environments. They also dive with a huge range of rare and amazing species: goliath groupers, weighing up to 800 pounds; the humpback whale, majestic but endangered; the giant Pacific octopus, very rarely seen in the wild; and coral in the midst of a spawning event, an incredible display that happens just once a year. The expedition is not solely about the wonders of marine life. The team also seeks out cultural and historical treasures underwater. On the deepest dive of the expedition, they explore a sunken Civil War battleship. And in the Great Lakes, they dive amongst hundreds of shipwrecks - amazingly preserved by the cold, fresh water - from more than two centuries of maritime life in the area. The team visits numerous researchers and biologists committed to understanding and protecting the national sanctuaries. They talk with scientists who are using a variety of innovative measures to conduct monitoring programs. They also visit with commerical fisher to discuss both conservation and economic issues facing the fishing industry within sanctuary waters. There are seemingly countless threats to the marine life in these national sanctuaries; however, the team also witnesses many efforts underway to counter these threats and preserve the unique environment of every sanctuary.

1x06 America's Underwater Treasures Part 2

  • 2006-09-27T00:00:00-04:00 — 60 mins

In this two-part, two-hour episode, Jean-Michel Cousteau, his son, Fabien, daughter, Céline, and his team of expert divers set out to investigate, for the first time, all 13 of our National Marine Sanctuaries and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Marine Monument. While discovering what makes them unique, the group explores how these sites are conservation challenges for the country. Traversing thousands of miles, the Ocean Adventures team ventures below and above the sea off the coasts of Michigan, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Massachusetts, California, Washington, Hawai'i and American Samoa on a mission to introduce Americans to these fragile sanctuaries. Over the course of the expedition, Ocean Adventures team members dive in a huge range of conditions and environments. They also dive with a huge range of rare and amazing species: goliath groupers, weighing up to 800 pounds; the humpback whale, majestic but endangered; the giant Pacific octopus, very rarely seen in the wild; and coral in the midst of a spawning event, an incredible display that happens just once a year. The expedition is not solely about the wonders of marine life. The team also seeks out cultural and historical treasures underwater. On the deepest dive of the expedition, they explore a sunken Civil War battleship. And in the Great Lakes, they dive amongst hundreds of shipwrecks - amazingly preserved by the cold, fresh water - from more than two centuries of maritime life in the area. The team visits numerous researchers and biologists committed to understanding and protecting the national sanctuaries. They talk with scientists who are using a variety of innovative measures to conduct monitoring programs. They also visit with commerical fisher to discuss both conservation and economic issues facing the fishing industry within sanctuary waters. There are seemingly countless threats to the marine life in these national sanctuaries; however, the team also witnesses many efforts underway to counter these threats and preserve the unique environment of every sanctuary.

1x07 Sea Ghosts

  • 2009-04-08T00:00:00-04:00 — 60 mins

In Sea Ghosts, Jean-Michel Cousteau travels to the high Arctic to discover why some beluga groups are thriving and others are disappearing.

1x08 Call of the Killer Whale

  • 2009-04-22T00:00:00-04:00 — 60 mins

In Killer Whales, Cousteau and his team of oceanauts travel to both the northern and southern hemispheres as they seek out killer whales in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

1x09 Return to the Amazon Part 1

  • 2008-04-02T00:00:00-04:00 — 60 mins

In this two-part episode, the Ocean Adventures team explores the Amazon, the most powerful of the world's rivers. Flowing through the world's largest tropical rainforest -- the most biodiverse region on the planet -- the Amazon is endangered, and it has the potential to alter global climate. Twenty-five years ago, Jean-Michel Cousteau explored the Amazon. Since that time, an area almost the size of Texas has been deforested. Cousteau and his team return to gather information on how this has affected the region and the planet and how it may continue to impact our world.

1x10 Return to the Amazon Part 2

  • 2008-04-09T00:00:00-04:00 — 60 mins

In this two-part episode, the Ocean Adventures team explores the Amazon, the most powerful of the world's rivers. Flowing through the world's largest tropical rainforest -- the most biodiverse region on the planet -- the Amazon is endangered, and it has the potential to alter global climate. Twenty-five years ago, Jean-Michel Cousteau explored the Amazon. Since that time, an area almost the size of Texas has been deforested. Cousteau and his team return to gather information on how this has affected the region and the planet and how it may continue to impact our world.

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