During an Antarctic blizzard the damaged Calypso is covered by an estimated 30 tons of ice with an onslaught of over 90-mph winds and snow, Cousteau and his divers film a colony of ... See full summary »
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During an Antarctic blizzard the damaged Calypso is covered by an estimated 30 tons of ice with an onslaught of over 90-mph winds and snow, Cousteau and his divers film a colony of virtually extinct fur seals and flocks of penguins migrating to ice floes for the winter. Cousteau also encounters and rescues Dr. David Lewis, an Australian adventurer lost at sea for more than two months. Written by VTC

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Hire dire was this?
27 September 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When watching the four episodes set in Antarctica (particularly this final one), you can't help but be amazed at the conditions in which Captain Cousteau put his boat and crew. The weather was awful and everything was so cold--it was an obvious labor of love to make these documentary specials.

Of the four shows in this series from "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau", this is the least interesting when it comes to sea life. While you see a few whales, penguins and fur seals, the bulk of the episode chronicles how the Calypso becomes stuck and damaged in the ice and the crew's attempts to free her and get back to South America. It IS interesting--just not the ocean life show you might be expecting.

One thing I kept wondering throughout as I watched was 'how dire WAS their situation?' and I guess I'll never really know. The show made you wonder why they put themselves into a situation like this and whether it was intended or not. One thing I did learn though is that the giant red neoprene dive suits WERE dry suits--though this style is older and not that much like many of the suits you see today. They sure looked like wet suits---but you couldn't survive for long in one of those.

Overall, an interesting show but a minor disappointment due to the focus. Still, like all the Cousteau shows, well worth seeing.


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