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Cousteau emerges from ocean after 31 days

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 01:24

Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, emerged off the Florida Keys to mark the end of 31 days underwater. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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This was Fabien Cousteau's home for 31 days. And on Wednesday, the grandson of French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau emerged to breath real air off the Florida Keys. He's broken his grandfather's previous record with his underwater stay. But that wasn't Fabien's main goal. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FABIAN COUSTEAU, AQUANAUT, SAYING: "The record was never really the focal point. I knew it was a hook, I knew that symbolic one extra day would get people's attention, curiosity at the very least. I think what he'd probably be most proud of is that we were able to reach so many people. The goal was to symbolically reach 331 million around the world. We hit all six continents, and we are waiting for the metrics, but I believe we are way beyond that." Two aquanauts joined him on a 60-foot dive to Aquarius - an underwater laboratory resting off Key Largo. It's air conditioned and equipped with wireless internet, a shower, bathroom, beds... and portholes that allowed for a spectacular view. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FABIAN COUSTEAU, AQUANAUT, SAYING: "Seeing those animals in slow motion you see things you would never be normally able to see, never imagine, it's good enough for science fiction." Along with Cousteau, a team of documentary filmmakers and scientists got the chance of a lifetime. All the while, collecting samples from nearby coral reefs and observing marine life in otherwise impossible circumstances.

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Cousteau emerges from ocean after 31 days

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 01:24