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.
As he stands over Tetra’s bed at the end of Wind Waker, Ganondorf says that nothing lives in the Great Sea…
Is he being melodramatic, or is he simply stating something that everyone knows but never mentions because it’s so obvious?
Let’s look at the evidence:
Link has lived on an island his entire life but can’t swim for more than twenty seconds.
Aside from Tetra floating beside Link at the end of the game, no other characters are shown swimming.
The game doesn’t allow Link to dive, even for short periods.
Just off the coast of Pawprint Isle, Link encounters a boat full of professional divers. They all wear heavy helmets, and their leader tells Link that nothing lives in the water.
No one else in the game – including Link – attempts undersea exploration. There are a few submarines scattered about, but they are abandoned and filled with monsters.
Lenzo (the Picto Box guy) refers to Link’s home on Outset Island as “a small fishing village,” but there are no fish or nets – or even any boats – anywhere on the island.
There is a surprising lack of fish motifs on buildings, interior decoration, and clothing.
No one ever gives Link a fishing rod.
The Rito are the descendants of the Zora. They were granted wings by some higher power because the Zora apparently could not survive in the ocean.
As established in Twilight Princess, Gorons can breathe underwater (or perhaps don’t need to breathe underwater); but, with the exception of a few traveling merchants, Link never sees any of them.
Despite having a strong seafaring culture, Bokoblins die when they hit the water.
The only creatures that Link encounters on the Great Sea are monsters or demigods.
Gulls fly above the water, but they do not float on it, and Link cannot dive into or otherwise touch the water when he takes control of one with a Hyoi Pear.
When Link frightens the crabs commonly found on beaches, they hide by running into the grass or burrowing into the ground, not by jumping into the water.
I’m tempted to conclude that Ganondorf is right, and that nothing can live in the Great Sea. Aside from being a matter of keeping the game mechanics manageable, what purpose does this serve? Why would the water of the Great Sea be poisonous?
Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of pioneering undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, teams with marine biologist Holly Lohuis to take audiences on a marine journey where they’ll see more than 30 different species of marine animals.
See arrow crabs gracefully parachute down to the bottom of the sea where sea cucumbers feed on organic debris. Get up close to a coral reef to meet its extraordinary denizens, like giant clams, sea anemones, and lionfish. And learn about the amazing adaptions all these animals have developed to survive and thrive.