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Jacques Cousteau's Ocean Tales

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Sea explorations promote conservation but can be tense.

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Jacques Cousteau's Ocean Tales uses a widely recognized name to reel in viewers and treat them to a fascinating tour of the sea and its inhabitants. From researching narwhals' chants to tracking dolphins, these adventures introduce kids to the fascinating diversity that exists under the sea. For those a bit more adventurous at heart, many of the stories also incorporate mysteries of some kind, such as lost cities and buried treasure. Either way, the show does an excellent job of blending learning with entertainment, teaching viewers about the habits of different species and the practices of diving and ocean exploration.

But what's most likable from a parent's standpoint are the many positive messages yielded by the show's thoughtful content. Most obvious are the reminders about conservation and being caretakers for the environment, but you'll also notice themes of teamwork, creative problem-solving, and effective communication in the characters' adventures. And, when their travels bring them face-to-face with indigenous people and unfamiliar customs, the characters show great respect in their words and actions.

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