PHILIPPE COUSTEAU (1971)

December 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Philippe Cousteau was the second of three sons born to French oceanographer Jacques Yves Cousteau.  Philippe and wife Jan visited Seal Rocks with John Harding and Richard Ibara in 1971 when this interview was made for Fathom magazine.  http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au

Philippe Cousteau was the second of three sons born to French oceanographer Jacques Yves Cousteau. Philippe and wife Jan visited Seal Rocks with John Harding and Richard Ibara in 1971 when this interview was made for Fathom magazine. http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au

Philippe 1971

Philippe speaks with pro fisherman Dave Golby at Seal Rocks.  His interview later appeared in Skin Diver magazine (by request without mentioning the source).

Philippe speaks with pro fisherman Dave Golby at Seal Rocks. His interview later appeared in Skin Diver magazine (by request without mentioning the source).

Philippe at Watson's Bay - he wisely refused to dine at Doyles famous seafood restaurant on marine environmental issues.

Philippe at Watson’s Bay – he wisely refused to dine at Doyles famous seafood restaurant on marine environmental issues.

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Is that a strand of dental floss hanging from Philippe's mouth?

Is that a strand of dental floss hanging from Philippe’s mouth?

Footnote: Philippe was killed when the seaplane he was piloting crashed in Lisbon, Portugal, 1976.  He was the father of two children. In 1971 Fathom magazine received a letter saying Jan and Philippe would be in Australia for several days.  The magazine conducted this interview (in a coffee shop at King Cross near where Philippe and Jan were staying). When a dive was suggested, Seal Rocks was the first destination that came into consideration.  Rick Poole (Pro Dive Maroubra) loaned some brand new gear for Philippe, a 2nd car was rented and off we went.  The only accommodation at Seal Rocks was a caravan that could be rented.

Back in Sydney we entertained at Jose Botella’s home where quality food and wine could be expected. (Our house at Glebe was very basic and to make matters worse our pet dog had just been killed in a road accident).

The following year Jose Botella accepted an invitation to meet again with Philippe and Jan for lunch with Jacques-Yves Cousteau in Paris. An honour and a real treat.

The Australian newspaper selected Philippe's recipe for sea urchin, as a worthy story.  In Paris (Philippe said) sea urchin roe is very expensive.  The best variety are the brown urchins burt we had to do with the large black variety.  More pictures of better quality to be added later).

The Australian newspaper selected Philippe’s recipe for sea urchin, as a worthy story. In Paris (Philippe said) sea urchin roe is very expensive. The best variety are the brown urchins but we had to do with the large black variety. More pictures of better quality to be added later).

Philippe Cousteau  senior (1971, Seal Rocks)
Philippe Cousteau senior (1971, Seal Rocks)

 

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