This forced the Frenchman to swim to shore entirely unprotected in an area heavily populated by sharks. The incident took place during the filming of ‘Shark: Mind of a Demon’, a documentary for CBS, in 2004.
To get close to the apex predators Mr Cousteau used a mini submarine, shaped like a shark, called Troy.
However he was exposed to danger after it stopped working and the explorer was forced to swim to shore through shark infested waters in the dark.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday Mr Cousteau commented: “I stated the deck against me.
“It was pretty frightening.”
Great White Sharks are one of the oceans apex predators (Image: GETTY )
Fabien Cousteau has been dubbed the "world's sexist explorer" (Image: Ted Talks )
On June 28 2006 ‘Shark: Mind of a Demon’ first aired on CBS.
It was largely filmed around the Guadalupe Island, a Mexican territory.
Whilst inside Troy Mr Cousteau appeared to be another shark, allowing him to get very close to the powerful predators.
However he also emphasised that shark attacks on humans are extremely rare.
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Of the 400 species of shark worldwide only seven are known to have attacked people (Image: GETTY)