A Zodiac boat on the beach
Zodiac Marine & Pool is a French company known for its boats and swimming pools; however they are best known for their widely used small inflatable boats.
In 1998, the company acquired the Llanelli-based competitor Avon Inflatables. In 2008, The Carlyle Group acquired the marine and pool division of Zodiac.
Zodiac Boat 
The Marine Mammal Center in Northern California uses Zodiac inflatable craft in the ocean rescue of injured or malnourished marine mammals. The Zodiac inflatable boats are also commonly used by the United States Military.
Zodiac boats were brought into American popular culture in the late 1960s, when they were as ubiquitous as wet suits Aqualungs, and the Calypso, in the television documentary series, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.
The word "ZODIAC" is a registered trademark for rigid-hulled inflatable boats.
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