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MODULE 15: THE FUTURE OF ANTHROPOCEAN A LEARNING TOOL ABOUT WHALES, INTERCONNECTED SPECIES & ORGANISMS, CLIMATE CHANGE AND HUMANITY - A CAPE BRETON UNIVERSITY SENIOR SEMINAR COMMUNITY ACTION PROJECT

"From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free." Jacques-Yves Cousteau

AnthropOcean

As climate changing our planet decreases the amount of ice in polar regions of the Arctic, an increase of water levels will leave people scrambling for habitat areas. Humans will need to move to higher locations as the waters rise which may mean more humans will need to immigrate to other areas, including other countries. With the reduction of land mass livable areas, research suggests the oceans may become a livable area for humans and species. We will need to learn to coexist with our own species along with other species in all ecosystems, including the ocean. Whales can teach us many things about the ocean we do not yet know given the depths they can dive and intermingle with other species and organisms.

Brugidou & Fabien (2018) suggest the ocean comprises 79% of the planet’s surface with 99.5% livable volume to a depth of 3,700 meters; however, humans are foreigners below the surface from mid to deep ocean.

The severity of the ocean challenges even the toughest of people with the National Health Insurance in France noting fisherman as the world’s most perilous job (Brugidou & Fabien, 2018).

The concept of living under the oceans in non-land habitats began in the 1960s when Jacques Cousteau created his three “Continental Shelf” Stations to prove future generations of humans could live underwater when earth experiences lack of land space to live and farm (Brugidou & Fabien, 2018).

Jacques Cousteau “Continental Shelf” Station (Credit: Brugidou & Fabien, 2018)

AnthropOcean is increasingly becoming more of a reality today due to migration necessary with rising sea levels, such as the Biolum Reef Habitat:

  • printed in 3D using recycled plastics
  • producing its own energy
  • acting as a coral reef to protecting the coast from ocean swell
  • hosting marine ecosystems
  • bridging the scientific world and the general public (Brugidou & Fabien, 2018).
Biolum Reef Habitat (Credit: Brugidou & Fabien, 2018).

While we know very little about the ocean, we flock to it to live near it, visit it, map it, explore it to create marine routes and find deep sea resources to exploit that which exists within it (Brugidou & Fabien, 2018).

While the oceans were once thought of as wild, they are no longer wild but rather an environment of industrial ventures demanding humans to change their actions toward it (Brugidou & Fabien, 2018).

The oceans both define and establish an organism’s characteristics and the ecological events of how they survive or meet their demise.

Landscapes of our atmosphere are different than the waterscapes of oceans with fins and tails surrounding the environment (Brugidou & Fabien, 2018).

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Maria Lisa Polegatto
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Created with images by Adityan Ramkumar - "Alleppey or Alappuzha which is also known as the Venice of the east because of its beautiful water bodies and great culture. The place which is renown for the backwaters and beautiful villages that pack the most scenic and memorable trips also have the following specialty with its most commented houseboat cruises. Living in a houseboat in Alleppey is a captivating experience. Floating on serene backwaters, passing through bent mangroves and beautiful scenery, with wafting aroma of coconuts beautiful scenery is nothing short of a dream escape." • Adityan Ramkumar - "Alleppey or Alappuzha which is also known as the Venice of the east because of its beautiful water bodies and great culture. The place which is renown for the backwaters and beautiful villages that pack the most scenic and memorable trips also have the following specialty with its most commented houseboat cruises. Living in a houseboat in Alleppey is a captivating experience. Floating on serene backwaters, passing through bent mangroves and beautiful scenery, with wafting aroma of coconuts beautiful scenery is nothing short of a dream escape." • Chris Gallagher - "Bingley Floods 2015 Boxing Day - Brown Cow Bingley " • Barth Bailey - "untitled image" • Warner - "Thialf is a crane vessel equipped with 2x 7100mT cranes, used for installation and removal of various offshore oil, gas, wind etc structures. When moored in Caland kanaal, she’s normally being prepared for the next project or undergoing some maintenance." • Silas Baisch - "untitled image"