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Presents author Richard Hyman who will discuss his book “Frogmen: The True Story of My Journeys with Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the Crew of Calypso” on Friday, September 23, at noon, in Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole. In his personal account of expeditions with legendary French explorer Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the crew of research vessel Calypso, Hyman takes us behind the scenes, inside the ship, and under the sea. In 1973, at the age of eighteen and just out of high school, he drives a truck from Los Angeles to the Canadian wilderness to work with Cree Native Americans building a cabin for the Cousteau team to winter in and film beavers. Subsequent journeys include diving in Florida's warm springs with manatees and off the panhandle with stone crabs. Months later, he flies to Mexico's Yucatán and boards the Calypso, a relatively small and unsteady wooden ship, and camps on an uninhabited island to study lobsters. From there he sails south along the 180-mile Belize Barrier Reef, filming the spawning of thousands of grouper and a visit from singer songwriter John Denver. On his final voyage, en route to Venezuela, he experiences treacherous dives on the USS Monitor shipwreck off North Carolina, and skeletons inside wrecks off Martinique, not to mention close encounters with pirates and drug smugglers. “Frogmen” is an inspiring true adventure of a young man who pays homage to one of the greatest explorers and visionaries of all time. Sponsored by the Information Office. Coffee, tea, and cookies served. Donations accepted.

About Peanut Butter Club

A WHOI community activity
Each Friday at noon in Redfield Auditorium, WHOI sponsors a free talk or video on a topical subject. Peanut Butter Club presentations are a chance to relax, chat with friends, and learn about a wide range of socially relevant subjects -- including but not limited to oceanographic information. Past Peanut Butter Club talks have covered topics like opera, research on the sun, Falmouth water quality, and the history of thermometers. Video presentations feature films on world history, travel, gardening, and nature. Many summertime presentations relate to the ocean.

Bring a lunch and join us. Coffee, tea, and cookies are served. Peanut Butter Club is a free community service sponsored by WHOI, made possible each week, in part, by a dedicated group of volunteers. Donations are accepted.

If you have an interesting project, traveled to an exotic place, have a musical group, written a book, etc., and you would like to share this with members of the community, the WHOI Information Office welcomes presentors to give talks at Peanut Butter Club.  If you are interested, please contact Joanne Tromp at jtromp@whoi.edu or call (508) 289-2252 for more information.

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