“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” Mandy Hale

Thank you to the following global community partners who have taken the time to respond to my emails, provide information, input and feedback. I am deeply grateful for your dedication and contributions to the earth's ecosystems and life within.

Global Community Partners

The Marine Mammal Centre

"At The Marine Mammal Center, we are guided and inspired by a shared vision of a healthy ocean for marine mammals and humans alike."

The Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito, CA 94965-2619

  • Email
  • Telephone: (415) 289-7325

The Marine Mammal Centre's "mission is to advance global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education."

The Global Marine Mammal Stranding Network stretches across more than 75 countries and territories around the world.

Find your global location here, including North America, Europe, Asia/Middle East, Africa, South America, Australia/Pacific Islands/Antarctica:

Global Marine Mammal Stranding Organizations

Ocean Alliance

"Protect the Oceans, Protect Ourselves"

Ocean Alliance, 32 Horton St, Gloucester, MA 01930

  • Email
  • Telephone: (978) 281-2814
  • 48 years of Whale Conservation

"Ocean Alliance’s mission is to protect whales and their ocean environment through research, scientific collaboration, public education, and the arts".

Home of the SnotBot® and Drones for Whale Research (DFWR) programs:

2019 Accomplishments

British Divers Marine Life Rescue

"BDMLR is an organisation dedicated to the rescue and well-being of all marine animals in distress around the UK."

British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Lime House, Regency Close, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 1DS United Kingdom

  • Email
  • Telephone: 01825 765546
  • 30 years of experience

List of UK Marine Mammals

"Since 1988, BDMLR have been involved in the rescue of marine wildlife after every major marine disaster, including the Braer shipwreck in Shetland and the Sea Empress grounding in Milford Haven."

Area Coordinators in England, Scotland and Wales

Marine Animal Response Society ("MARS")

"The Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) is a charitable organization dedicated to marine animal conservation in the Maritimes through response, research and education."

Marine Animal Response Society, c/o NS Museum, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS, B3H 3A6, Canada

"For stranded, injured or dead marine animals in the Canadian Maritime Provinces including cetacean, pinniped, shark and turtle species, around the Maritime Provinces."

Call to report: 1-866-567-6277


"Cleaning the oceans, one pound at a time."

4Ocean "clean the ocean and coastlines while working to stop the inflow of plastic by changing consumption habits"

"....the sea connects all things."

World Ocean Observatory, P.O. Box 1, Sedgwick, Maine, USA 04676

"Through education, partnership, information exchange, public connection, and relentless communications, W2O is committed to building an expansive global community of Citizens of the Ocean to promote and conserve marine resources for the future of all mankind."


Thank you to the following people and organizations. I am deeply grateful and appreciative for your assistance, support and guidance.

CBC TV, Cape Breton, and Gary Mansfield for doing the news video that is on the Project Team Module page about the project and the blue whale fall near Collingdale, Nova Scotia in 2019.

CBU, Cape Breton University, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, for helping me get the word out about this project.

Everyone that has listened to me spout information about whales and this project.

Fishermen and Fisherwomen I have had the pleasure to talk to about the oceans. You are the "eyes of the sea" knowing about the current state of the ocean and species you see, rescue, fish and survive.

Fishing Gear Solutions meeting by Alexa Goodman (Scientist, Environmental Consultant & Researcher, and Founder/CEO of Stop Trashing It) partnering with the Cape Breton Environmental Association for allowing me to sit as a student researcher to listen to her and fish harvesters discuss solutions for gear loss and assisting the ocean ecosystem and for sharing her published research paper.

Tobin Haley LeBlanc, PhD, my current CBU Assistant Professor of Community Studies Coms 4100, Cape Breton University, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, for her teaching, guidance and expert knowledge during this project.

Sue MacKenzie, my former CBU Part-Time Instructor, Community Studies Coms 2103, 2105 and 3100, Cape Breton University, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, for helping me decide on project topics as to what I am "passionate about" and "who needs you more".

Patrick T. Mahar, PhD, my former CBU Associate Professor, Community Studies and Outdoor Leadership, SPAL 4101 Critical Approaches to Outdoor Studies, for inspiring his students to learn not just about being outside but how we can appreciate the many aspects of outside learning and leadership.

National Geographic - Educator Network Resources: Library link

Parks Canada for confirming the information about Sable Island, Nova Scotia in the Module: Interconnected Species and Organisms.

Bruno and Angela Polegatto - Thank you for the whale fall pictures from May 1985 and the memories of going to Crooked Lake Road, Framboise, Nova Scotia, whale fall as a child.

World Ocean Observatory for adding a link to this website to their Ocean Curriculum Catalogue, listed as: Whales: A Deep Dive Into the Ocean Ecosystem with the Giants

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Maria Lisa Polegatto


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