The third generation of the Cousteau family explorers has dived with sharks and watched the birth of whales, but until Wednesday he never had fed a banana to a radiated tortoise.
The unusual snack was part of a busy day Philippe Cousteau Jr. spent in Columbia touting his pet cause - environmental education. Cousteau, the grandson of Jacques Cousteau, is the spokesman for Discovery Education, which is under the same corporate umbrella as Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.
He came to Columbia to hand out awards to state schools that make the best use of StreamlineSC, a library of digital content offered through ETV. After the awards banquet and the traditional Columbia train delay, Cousteau, 30, spent a couple of hours filming a "Riverbanks Roundup" episode at Riverbanks Zoo and interacting with the zoo's Kids Commission.
Feeding bananas to the radiated tortoises helped keep them in the foreground of the video shoot for "Riverbanks Roundup."
Here's what the perceptive youngsters' questions drew out of Cousteau: