Philippe Cousteau

Biography: Philippe is the president and CEO of EarthEcho, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental advocacy group that focuses on the Earth's oceans. He founded the organization with his sister Alexandra Cousteau.

Philippe and Alexandra are members of the famed Cousteau family. Their father was Philippe Cousteau Sr., the noted marine biologist. (The elder Cousteau was killed in a plane crash before Philippe Jr. was born.) The grandfather of Philippe and Alexandra was Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who was known worldwide for his research of ocean wildlife and for his television nature documentaries. Philippe has carried on with the conservation goals of his father and grandfather through EarthEcho. He has worked on environmental programs for National Public Radio. He has produced public service announcements for cable television that focus on the importance of environmental issues. As of January 2007, he was the new Chief Ocean Correspondent for Discovery Communications’ Animal
Philippe is the president and CEO of EarthEcho, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental advocacy group that focuses on the Earth's oceans. He founded the organization with his sister Alexandra Cousteau.

Philippe and Alexandra are members of the famed Cousteau family. Their father was Philippe Cousteau Sr., the noted marine biologist. (The elder Cousteau was killed in a plane crash before Philippe Jr. was born.) The grandfather of Philippe and Alexandra was Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who was known worldwide for his research of ocean wildlife and for his television nature documentaries.

Philippe has carried on with the conservation goals of his father and grandfather through EarthEcho. He has worked on environmental programs for National Public Radio. He has produced public service announcements for cable television that focus on the importance of environmental issues. As of January 2007, he was the new Chief Ocean Correspondent for Discovery Communications’ Animal Planet channel.

Philippe grew up in Los Angeles and Westport, Connecticut. During the summers, he stayed with relatives in Paris. He attended boarding school in Rhode Island and St. Andrews University in Scotland. He holds a Master's degree in history from St. Andrews.

Philippe first met fellow conservationist Steve Irwin when they worked together on the documentary "Ocean's Deadliest" in the late summer of 2006. Steve was also working on footage for his daughter Bindi's new show on Discovery Kids. Unfortunately, Steve was killed during the production of the projects. Philippe was onboard Croc One on the day of Steve's death.

Philippe found Steve's death particularly shocking because the scenario closely mirrored that of his own father's death. Both Steve and Philippe Sr. were wildlife researchers. Both were killed in accidents during nature expeditions. Both were married with a young daughter and a younger son (although Philippe Jr. had yet to be born at the time of his father's death).

After Steve's death was confirmed, Philippe and the crew returned to the hotel to deal with the sudden loss of Steve Irwin. The following morning, John Stainton, Steve Irwin's producer and long-time friend, called Philippe and asked if he would finish the documentary as a tribute to Steve. Philippe agreed.

Philippe served as host and narrator for the completed documentary, "Ocean's Deadliest." The program aired simultaneously on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet on Sunday, January 21, 2007.

In his new role with Animal Planet, Philippe will continue to produce new ocean documentary programs for the channel.
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