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Fabien Cousteau speaks out from underwater

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 01:49

June 15 - ''Could we go more? Yes, of course,'' says Fabien Cousteau, as he attempts to break his grandfather's record number of days spent living underwater. Gavino Garay reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: VIDEO QUALITY AS INCOMING Two weeks into his bid to break the world record for the longest time spent in an undersea laboratory, Fabien Cousteau says he's doing well. The grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau is trying to break the record set by his grandfather in 1963 of 30 days underwater in a similar facility. But for Fabien, his mission means more than just beating a record. (SOUNDBITE) FABIEN COUSTEAU SAYING: "Could we go more? Yes, of course. Would it be in Aquarius? Maybe, maybe not. But that's for someone else to be able to determine. I hope that someone does get to 32, 33, 45 -- 60 days. Because we very much need that kind of exploration, that kind of 'out of the box' thinking in order to bring new discoveries and new ideas to the world." Cousteau says he thinks his grandfather would be proud of the research his team is conducting. (SOUNDBITE) FABIEN COUSTEAU SAYING: "I think he would be very excited about this kind of platform. You know, this is something very near and dear to what his philosophy was -- his heart. And it's only by pushing through the traditional boundaries. And it's only by pushing through the traditional boundaries that we can fathom to learn more about ourselves, about our planet, and about our future." But life in this capsule does have some comforts of home -- even at about 60 feet underwater. It's complete with a shower, a bathroom, six bunks and portholes for monitoring marine life. And internet, of course, giving team Cousteau the ability to hold Skype interviews. He plans on staying in Aquarius for a total of 31 days.

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Fabien Cousteau speaks out from underwater

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 01:49