Jacques-Yves Cousteau cytaty
Data urodzenia: 11. Czerwiec 1910
Data zgonu: 25. Czerwiec 1997
Jacques-Yves Cousteau – francuski oficer marynarki, badacz mórz, podróżnik oraz reżyser filmowy i pisarz, zwany „kapitanem” lub „komendantem Cousteau”.
Cytaty Jacques-Yves Cousteau
„Jestem zachwycony tymi czarno-białymi superdelfinami, Wydają się bardzo zorganizowane.. Tworzą solidarne społeczności i stale „rozmawiają ze sobą”. Kusi mnie, by powiedzieć, że posiadają „kulturę”. Wystrzegam się wszelkiego antropomorfizmu. Ale jeśli wyrażenie „lud morza” ma jakiekolwiek sens w zastosowaniu do zwierząt, to nabiera go szczególnie w przypadku orek.“
— Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Źródło: Yves Paccalet, Jacques-Yves Cousteau w oceanie życia, Wydawnictwo Znak, Kraków 1999, ISBN 8370068994, s. 265.
„To restate an old law - when a man bites a fish, that's good, but when a fish bites a man, that's bad. This is one way of saying it's all right if man kills an animal, but if an animal attacks man, the act is reprehensible. The animal is labelled "killer," something to be feared, hated, shunned, punished, even killed by man.
How dangerous are those sea animals with bad reputations? A few actually kill. A few maim. Some are poisonous when eaten by man. Most sting, stab, or poison and cause mild to severe discomfort to man. Yet man is one of the larger beings that sea creatures encounter, and these poisons usually can't kill him. Very often these poisons are used defensively against predators and offensively in food gathering.
There are a few animals that have won themselves a bad reputation even though they have little or no effect on man. They have won their rating through man's interpretation of their attitude towards lower animals. These animals have been seen feeding in what appears to be a savage manner. But this behavior may perhaps be comparable to a man tearing the flesh off a chicken leg with his teeth.“
— Jacques-Yves Cousteau, The Ocean World
„I swam across the rocks and compared myself favorably with the sars. To swim fishlike, horizontally, was the logical method in a medium eight hundred times denser than air. To halt and hang attached to nothing, no lines or air pipe to the surface, was a dream. At night I had often had visions of flying by extending my arms as wings. Now I flew without wings. (Since that first aqualung flight, I have never had a dream of flying.)“
— Jacques-Yves Cousteau, The Silent World