the undersea world of jacques cousteau

Grace Kelly reading The Silent World.

The Silent World: A Story of Undersea Discovery and Adventure, by the First Men to Swim at Record Depths with the Freedom of Fish is a 1953 book coauthored by Capt Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Frédéric Dumas, edited by James Dugan. Although French speaking, Cousteau wrote it in English. It’s the basis of the 1956 Academy Award winning The Silent World.


Jacques Cousteau, the world famous oceanographer and undersea explorer who invented the Aqua-Lung, dared to go where no one had gone before. 

He followed his passion to both protect and better understand our world’s oceans and the creatures that inhabited them. Cousteau was 65 at the time of this recording but he was still diving and hungry for more exploration and adventure. Here’s his story.