22 Little-Known Facts About Jacques Cousteau (Thanks to Him, Oil Isn’t Being Mined in Antarctica)

Films about the seas and oceans, the invention of scuba, and the famous red hat immediately come to mind when we talk about Jacques-Yves Cousteau. His personality is so legendary, that we can spot people imitating the inventor at the carnivals in Marseille. But there are even more facts about his life that make him an even more outstanding person. For example, he fought for a clean environment in the middle of the 20th century, even before the world had started caring about it.

Bright Side was really pleased to learn some unexpected facts about this person who explored the world around him and shared his knowledge with all of us.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s submarine, near the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

  • When Jacques-Yves and his brother were little boys, their father found a job in the US and they moved there from France. The brothers entered a local school and started speaking English really well.
  • Jacques-Yves had been dreaming of being a pilot, but he had to give up this idea due to a car accident where he broke his both of his arms.22 Little-Known Facts About Jacques Cousteau (Thanks to Him, Oil Isn’t Being Mined in Antarctica)
  • In his youth, he built an electric car on his own.
  • During World War II, he joined the Resistance Movement, helped the French navy join its allies, and assembled a commando operation against Italy in France. Later Cousteau was awarded with Commander of the Legion of Honour and 2 more military awards.
  • After the war, he used to disarm underwater mines.
  • During his naval service, he visited the Soviet union.