The French scientist and diver, Francois Sarano, who was a close collaborator with Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau for many years, considers biological diversity just as important as cultural diversity.
photos : aldo ferruci | véronique et françois sarano | pascal kobeh | shutterstock | eugène vitry
I should also add that we used to have a freedom to explore that no longer exists today. We went wherever we wanted, when we wanted, without any worries about cost-effectiveness. Cousteau never said that we had to bring back pictures but rather go and explore and show what we saw. It allowed us to go to places where we’d never go now. Cousteau would take risks but no-one does that any more. He used to say, “I wouldn’t go where I knew what I’m going to find. I’m going there precisely because I don’t know.” That was the adventure he offered us and he taught us not just to think in money terms. We could go diving and find nothing and, of course, on all those extraordinary trips we found a great deal – because we went into places where no-one was willing to go. There was an appetite for exploration that we could satisfy without having to justify what we were doing.