On June 25, 1997, the ocean lost a great advocate—Jacques Yves Cousteau. Rather than mourn the loss, we choose to celebrate the inspiration he provided to many of us in the field of ocean conservation today.
Red Hat Day is now a National Marine Sanctuaries tradition. It’s a day to remember the wonderful films that gave us our first glimpses beneath the waves; the hypnotic, French-accented narrations that described the beauty of the underwater world; the new technology that made the ocean that much more accessible to future generations.
What do you remember most about Jacques Cousteau? How has he inspired your life?
Below are some of the responses we've received to these questions as well as a few "red hat" photographs.
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Photo credits: FGBNMS except where otherwise noted