Damn you, Jaques Costau! (spelling error)

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Seems giant squid translates directly. You are not the only one who would like for him to show us photos of le calamar geant!
You are almost right :). The French translation of giant squid is not exactly "Calamar géant" but "Calmar géant" . A "Calamar" remains a squid but from a "cooking book" point of view ;) :goofysca: :roll:

I've read many books from Cousteau and one about cephalopods which translation may approximatively be "Octopus: the end of a misunderstanding" telling about how some famous writers in the french culture such as Jules Verne and Victor Hugo have contributed to describe octopus as a monster and how in reality the monster is shy, graceful and "intelligent". An interesting book apparently from 1973 even if, as octopus specialists you will probably learn nothing more than in TV documentaries.

Apart from that, in the french language, we have two terms for describing octopus: "Poulpe" and "Pieuvre". These terms are synonyms according to a dictionnary but in common language, some people say a "Pieuvre" is a giant octopus and "Poulpe" is the common size you see in your aquarium or by scuba/diving. Scuba divers and marine biologists prefer the use of "Poulpe".

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Lionel, thank you for these clarifications! I learned a lot of French from cookbooks, and now it comes back in malapropisms. :lol: But no cookbook I've ever seen featured a recipe for Archi :whalevsa: :archi: I love all the new smilies. And now I know that our heroes in the one below are not committing an autopsy but cooking my dinner!

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so, more than anyting i want an ultra cool tank with an octopus, starfish, and sea cucumber...but im so overwhelmed with where to start, does anyone have any suggestions on books, people to talk to, or articles? id be so appreciative!
 

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Well, cousteau is a debated man, even in France ...

One of my old teachers at Luminy University (first year animal biology teacher) in 1994 was a former scientists in one of the firsts Cousteau team ( as a marine biologist)

His opinion about cousteau was :

If his impact in ocean protection is well known, the second part of his carrier was essentially made for communication and publicity than serious scientific studies ( on the contrary of the firsts campaigns).

I have a good memory about that sentence because I was a fan of Cousteau and it was the first different point of view i heard in France about the man.


Whatever, a ceph with a mantle size of 1.5 to 2 meters ( Taningia danae, Moroteuthis robusta) can be impressive, even for cousteau and particulary in his small submarine (a yellow saucer of 2,85 diameter only !) .

In addition in his book there are no information about the specie's name encoutered and there are no picture on this specimen ... This is a strange thing because the submarine was equiped with numerous flash and cameras .... if he took pictures i could have been the first man to have pictures of deep fresh living giant squid. Cousteau is talking about this story in red Sea. Did he lied ? We cannot prove that, but i'm sceptical.

There is a rumor about Cousteau but obviously this seems to be a hoax ( this is my opinion) : It's talking about a strange big and aggressive creature story ( not precisely a squid ) living near Djibouti ... close to the red Sea. French soldiers where supposed to be present but actually there is no sure eyewitness. The rumor said that there is a bad quality video tape about this creature.
We can just find this story in cryptozoological french sites. Cousteau fondations members denied have infomations about this case.

This last point has no value in my opinion.

But i'm sceptical on the cousteau's book about he squid encounter, because there is no probe except the man's word ... and only that...
 

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Thank you for an interesting perspective about the senior Cousteau! I hope people think about the times when they review him. Not only was going underwater for longer than you could hold your breath a new experiment but movies, television and international media coverage were in their infancy as well.
 

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He lit my fire, and it never ceased burning; I too built a model calypso (revell) in my youth, that helicopter was as painful as the wiring, AND it included a tiger shark! :wink:
 

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My grandfather, John H. Perry, built the "cubmarine" his reseaech sub. He built other for him as well but the "Cubmarine" is most notable,
 
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