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Filmmaker - Explorer - Advocate

"Adventure is where you lead a full life."



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Philippe at 6 with his grandfather

Philippe at 6 with his grandfather

Philippe was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up between France and United States.

He graduated from St. Andrews University in Scotland where he earned an M.A. in History. Since University Philippe has following in the spirit of his father and grandfather.  He is a multiple Emmy-nominated TV host and producer; author; speaker; and social entrepreneur.

In 2007 Philippe co-hosted his first full length documentary with Steve Irwin called Ocean’s Deadliest.

From 2007-2009 Philippe was the Chief Ocean Correspondent for the Animal Planet Channel, where he is working on various ocean and water focused documentary programs.  Those shows included Ocean's Deadliest, which he completed after his co-host Steve Irwin was fatally wounded during their expedition; and “Springwatch” a six-part series chronicling the emergence of spring in nature.

In 2009, Philippe was a co-host of the Discovery Channel/BBC co-production Oceans. The series explored the state of our world's oceans and major seas through 8 one-hour episodes.

In 2010 Philippe served as the Chief Ocean Correspondent for Planet Green where he hosted a television series as well as Blue August 2010.  In 2010, he spent a great deal of time covering the BP Gulf Oil Spill with ABC’s Good Morning American and Sam Champion and later CNN.  Philippe was the first person to scuba dive live on television into the spill.

From 2010 through 2014 Philippe was a Special Correspondent for CNN International and the host of Going Green, a series that explored critical conservation issues around the world. In addition, Philippe hosted Expedition Sumatra for CNN in 2013, an 8-part series exploring the deforestation crisis in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Since 2014, Philippe has been the host and executive producer of the Emmy nominated Awesome Planet, a television series syndicated on Fox and Hulu. In 2015 he was nominated for a Emmy Award as best host for a travel show. In 2017 the show was nominated for best Travel Show. Now in its fourth season the show airs weekly on Saturday mornings.  He is also producer and host of a three part series exploring innovation for sustainability in business sponsored by United Technologies.

Philippe and Ashlan on expedition in Marshall Islands

Philippe and Ashlan on expedition in Marshall Islands

Philippe collaborates frequently with his wife Ashlan. In 2016 they co-hosted Nuclear Sharks, the #1 show for Discovery's Shark Week. In 2015 they co-hosted a three-part series with Takepart.com, exploring tiger and rhino conservation in Nepal called Treasures of the Terai.

Their new series for The Travel Channel, Caribbean Pirate Treasure, will premier in August of 2017. It follows the Cousteau's as they travel around the Caribbean exploring the rich and colorful mysteries and histories of pirates, explorers and adventurers.

As an author, Philippe latest children’s book, Follow the Moon Home has been chosen for the prestigious Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List.  In addition, he has co-written two award-winning books, Going Blue and Make a Splash, both of which have won multiple awards, including Learning Magazine’s 2011 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family, a Gold Nautilus Award, and a 2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Gold Award.

Philippe testing water with youth in Washington DC

Philippe testing water with youth in Washington DC

His conservation efforts are focused on solving global social and environmental problems. In 2004 he founded EarthEcho International, a leading environmental education organization dedicated to inspiring youth to act now for a sustainable planet.  With a over ten years in operation, EarthEcho has established itself as a leading youth environmental education organization.

Solar Panels on Panzi Hospital roof

Solar Panels on Panzi Hospital roof

Philippe is also a successful social entrepreneur who believes in the power of commerce to do good.  From 2012-2017 he partnered with AdvisorShares Investments to launch the impact investment Global Echo Exchange Traded Fund on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:GIVE).  A percentage of the fund’s management fees supported philanthropic projects around the world including the Panzi Hospital in Eastern Congo an award winning hospital focused on the treatment and empowerment of women.

Philippe is a sought after speaker having hosted and keynoted various events for the United Nations, Harvard University, USC, the Society of Environmental Journalists and many more. He has testified before Congress and most recently presented at TEDx Pennsylvania Ave.

Philippe and his wife, fellow adventurer and TV host Ashlan Gorse-Cousteau, reside in Los Angeles, California with their Husky Kenai.


Caribbean Pirate Treasure - Coming August 20th 2017

Follow Philippe and Ashlan Cousteau as they travel throughout the Caribbean exploring unsolved maritime mysteries, pirate histories, and legends of lost treasures.  

Each episode will explore a new tropical destination and the unique history that has shaped it into what it is today. For hundreds of years, the stories of pirates and lost treasure scattered around these islands have captivated the imagination of people around the world.

With the help of local experts, historians, and archaeological institutions the Cousteaus pursue the high adventure of exploring the unknown; delving into the rich history of a region that for centuries has been at the crossroads of the New and Old World.  Inspired by the legacy of Philippe’s father and grandfather, the adventurous couple travel from lush jungles and thick swamps to the beautiful coral reefs and historic shipwrecks of the Caribbean in their search for answers.

Philippe and Ashlan on location in Tortola

Philippe and Ashlan on location in Tortola


Each week Philippe hosts and co-executive produces a 30 minute riveting earth science documentary series that explores the most spectacular places – on the earth, inside the earth, and above the earth.  Syndicated on Fox stations throughout the country each Saturday morning and available free on Hulu.com the third season of Awesome Planet will premier in the Fall of 2016.

Nominated for TWO Emmy Awards



Filming Reef Sharks off of Rongelap Atoll    

Filming Reef Sharks off of Rongelap Atoll



Philippe Cousteau, and his wife Ashlan Gorse Cousteau travel to the Bikini Atoll to explore a marine environment destroyed by nuclear testing during the Cold War. The nuclear devices detonated across the atoll vaporized two islands and destroyed every living thing.  Remarkably, 70 years later, nature has proved resilient and restored the marine ecosystem, re-populating the atoll with reef sharks.   But since reef sharks are considered non-migratory, where did they come from? How did they re-populate these remote atolls?  The team tags 17 sharks with GPS satellite tags and discovers that sharks do indeed migrate atoll-to-atoll.  Unfortunately and unexpectedly, the team also uncovers an illegal fishing fleet taking sharks from inside one of the largest shark sanctuaries in the Pacific. 



Philippe Cousteau introduces us to narwhals, unicorns of the sea. The grandson of famed explorer Jacques Cousteau studies and explores the world's oceans just like his grandfather. His quest is to find a narwhal in the wild of the arctic.

PART 1: Rhinos

PART 2: Tigers

PART 3: Community


Philippe hosts 2 seasons of a series for GreatBigStory.com about the weird, the wonderful and the shocking creatures found in the ocean.  As a tongue in cheek tribute to The Life Aquatic and therefore to his own legacy, this series is a fun and unexpected way to explore real science.




In partnership with Takepart.com, Philippe and Ashlan launch a new series exploring hope in the face of the global poaching crisis.

"The black market demand for exotic animal trophies threatens some of our world's most valuable natural treasures. Ashlan and Philippe Cousteau, along with the World Wildlife Fund and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, journeyed deep into the jungles of the Terai region of southern Nepal in search of wildlife. Join them as they seek answers to an important question: How has this impoverished nation stemmed the tide of illegal poaching?"




Acclaimed environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau and renowned author Deborah Hopkinson team up to offer a story of the powerful difference young people can make in the world. Meet Viv, who has a new home and a new school by the sea, and follow her as she finds her way in a new place and helps bring together a whole community to save the sea turtles of the South Carolina coast.




  • Nautilus Gold Award Winner
  • ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Award Winner, ForeWord Magazine
  • Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family 
  • 100 Best Children’s Products
  • 10 Best Socially Responsible Products


Going Blue educates young people about the earth’s water crisis and gives them tools and inspiration to transform their ideas into action. With lively photos and practical suggestions, the book helps teens plan and do a meaningful service project that benefits our planet’s water system. Along the way, readers learn about issues such as clean water access, coral reef damage, runoff pollution, trash islands, factory fishing, bottled water, and much more.


MAKE A SPLASH!: A Kid’s Guide to Protecting Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands

This elementary-level counterpart to the award-winning Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands teaches elementary kids about the earth’s water crisis and empowers them to do something about it. Filled with facts about our waters, their inhabitants, and the threats they face, Make a Splash! presents inspiring stories of kids in action and service projects for kids to help them make a difference. 



EarthEcho International

I founded EarthEcho International in 2004 because I believe that youth are the hope for our planet and that a strong and effective environmental movement must be built through the next generation.  I am proud to say that EarthEcho has become the leading youth education organization dedicated to inspiring youth to act now for a sustainable future.  It was founded in honor of my father Philippe Cousteau Sr.