Jacques Mayol

French free diver (1927–2001) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Jacques Mayol (1 April 1927 – 22 December 2001) was a French diver and the holder of many world records in free diving.[1] The 1988 film The Big Blue, directed by Luc Besson, was inspired by his life story and that of his friend, Enzo Maiorca. Mayol was one of the screenwriters and authored the book Homo Delphinus: the Dolphin Within Man of his philosophy about the aquatic origins of humans.