Type “Belize” in any search engine and the first thing to pop up is the famous Great Blue Hole. In 1971, famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau featured the great Blue Hole on a television series called “The Undersea World of Jaques-Cousteau.”
On an episode entitled “Secrets of the Sunken Caves”, Cousteau navigates his ship, the Calypso, through The Belize Barrier Reef to explore the Blue Hole for the first time. Cousteau was a pioneer of Marine Conservancy. He famously said, “The future is in the hands of those who explore and from all the beauty they discover while crossing perpetually receding frontiers, they develop for nature and for humankind an infinite love.”
The data gathered from that first exploration is much of what we know about the Blue Hole today. As the need to protect our seas and marine increases so does the need for more research. 47 years later, another historic exploration is being led by a group of ocean advocates that includes Jacques grand son, Fabien Cousteau. Fabien is the founder of The Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center. Like his grand father he is a passionate advocate for the protection of marine habitats and life.