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16 famous animal conservationists

By: Anna Norris on Sept. 9, 2013, 9:30 a.m.
Jacques Cousteau in his scuba diving gear

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Jacques Cousteau

Jacques Cousteau's passion for marine conservation was clear throughout his life. As an explorer, he dove deeper into the ocean than ever before. As an inventor, he enabled others to do the same. As a filmmaker, Cousteau educated many of us about what swims beneath the mysterious waters that cover most of our planet. As a conservationist, he battled against commercial whaling and inspired others to care for and respect the ocean just as he did.