Deep Dive Into The Ocean Ecosystem With The Giants A LEARNING TOOL ABOUT WHALES, INTERCONNECTED SPECIES & ORGANISMS, CLIMATE CHANGE AND HUMANITY - a cape breton university senior seminar community action project

"For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it." Jacques Yves Cousteau

About This Website

Deep Dive Into The Ocean Ecosystem With The Giants is a unique global online website for people of all ages about whales, how whales engineer the oceans and help mitigate climate change (Roman, 2014), assist with interconnected species (Doughty et al, 2016) and organisms (Wang, 2013), the social issues surrounding whales struggling to survive, and in doing so, helping humanity survive (Zhu et al, 2019) with climate change in the posthumanism and Anthropocene era. While I am not an expert, I am an interested citizen who does citizen science and has created this website from the perspective of a layperson and researcher drawing on numerous literature. Research for this website delved into the areas of natural science of biology (marine biology, ecology, zoology), history, geography, law, human-whale interactions, climate change, pollution, citizen science, whale related technology, future research considerations and social sciences (Anthropocene, humanities, post humanism). I invite you to view the Modules listed below:


The material, information and content on this website, including, but not limited to the modules, text, graphics, images, materials, and/or information or any Facebook pages associated with it (“contents”) should NOT be used as a substitute for information, including, but not limited to information, advice, diagnosis, or treatment (“advice”) of an appropriately qualified and licensed Marine Mammal Centre, Marine Biologist or other Marine Mammal Specialist (“Marine Mammal Specialist”) or The Marine Mammal Centre or its partners or affiliates (“The Marine Mammal Centre”). Always seek the advice of a Marine Mammal Specialist or The Marine Mammal Centre with any questions you may have regarding any animal medical or general condition. Never disregard Marine Mammal Specialist or The Marine Mammal Centre advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call the Marine Mammal Centre immediately. This website does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the website. Reliance on any of the contents, others appearing on the website, or other visitors to the website is solely at your own risk. The contents are for general informational purposes only.

The website researcher is not a medical doctor, Veterinarians, Veterinary Assistant or support staff, Marine Biologist or a Marine Mammal Centre Assistant or support staff and assumes no responsibility or liability, expressed or implied, arising from the use of the contents. Please check with The Marine Mammal Centre for any health-related or general questions. Visitors to this website assume sole responsibility for making use of the contents. In no event shall the website researcher herein or any other person or entity on this website, including, but not limited to the community partners noted in this website, be liable for any incidental, indirect, consequential or special damages of any kind, or any damages whatsoever, specific or general, arising out of or in connection with the contents or links to or from this website. This website makes no representations, warranties, or assurances as to the accuracy, currency or completeness of the contents or any sites linked to or from this site. This website is not intended to replace professional consultation, diagnosis, or treatment by a Marine Mammal Specialist or The Marine Mammal Centre. If you require any veterinary or marine mammal related advice, contact The Marine Mammal Centre promptly. Information contained on this website is exclusively of a general reference nature. Do not disregard The Marine Mammal Centre advice or delay treatment as a result of accessing the content. This website may contain health or medical-related content. If you find the contents offensive, you may not want to use this website.

Photos: All photos on this website credited to Maria Lisa Polegatto should in no way be reproduced, copied, or modified in any format without the prior written consent of Maria Lisa Polegatto.

How To Use This Website:

  • After reviewing the contents of each Module, go to the end of the page to proceed to the next Module or go back to this page to go to another Module to learn more about whales.
  • Click on links to go to articles outside of this website and then return to this website to learn more.
  • To watch videos, click on the video and it will play on the page. To exit out of the video, click on your screen on the outside the video display to return back to this Module page.

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Maria Lisa Polegatto


Created with images by Pexels - "animal whale nature" • Steve Halama - "untitled image"