At Marine Connection our work is motivated by the belief that every cetacean – whether dolphin, whale or porpoise – is entitled to a life free from confinement, suffering, fear or distress.

Our campaigns aim to emphasise the rights of cetaceans as non-human persons.

Our mission is to inspire and educate the global community to help create a better, safer world for all cetaceans. Each and every one of us can make a difference, and together we can achieve significant change.

David Essex“Supporting the work of the Marine Connection was a decision taken with great responsibility as I am aware my patronage of the charity and their cause may encourage others. Marine Connection campaigns are extremely effective in supporting dolphin and whale protection and conservation, all money donated is spent with care, therefore I have no hesitation in giving my wholehearted support to the charity and their work.”
David Essex OBE

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The Issues

captive orca


the moral dispute

Cetacean Bycatch

Cetacean Bycatch

net entanglement

Taiji drive hunt

Drive Hunts

a cruel practice

stranded pilot whale


causes, who to call

solitary cetaceans

Social/Solitary Cetaceans

a rare phenomenon

Whaling Ships Iceland (c) M Dodds


controversial kills


February 22, 2017 in News

Arle Capital – are they deaf to Lolita’s plight?

Since 2015, UK based Arle Capital has continued to ignore requests made by Marine Connection and Orca Network to meet to discuss the future of the orca known as Lolita…

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February 22, 2017 in News

Tonga to host “Whales in a Changing Ocean” Conference

Tonga will be hosting the three-day event in early April  to discuss  whale conservation in the Pacific.  It will bring together political decision-makers, scientists, community, industry and funders to investigate…

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February 20, 2017 in News

New dolphin facility planned for St Lucia

St Lucia appears to be the latest target for a proposed new captive dolphin facility.  Dolphin Discovery, who already operate 10 dolphin parks in the Caribbean alone, wish to build…

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February 20, 2017 in News

Virgin Holidays announce new stance on cetacean ‘attractions’

Virgin Holidays has announced that it will not work with any new attractions or hotels that hold captive dolphins and whales for entertainment.  However, this will not extend to existing…

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February 20, 2017 in News

Right whale sightings dwindle this season

The winter migration for right whales may not yet be over however there are concerns over the amount of sightings off the Florida coast. Fewer whales have been seen than…

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February 17, 2017 in News

SeaWorld San Diego new show, no real change for their orcas

SeaWorld has announced that their San Diego park orca display is to be altered to a more ‘natural’ performance. To be known as ‘Orca Encounter’ the park also plans a…

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Photo Credits: Main pic – Judith Scott Photography, Captivity – Dziss26, Bycatch – M Gavet, Drive Hunts – Elsa Nature Conservancy,
Strandings – F Archell (BDMLR), Solitary Cetaceans – Terry Whittaker, Whaling – M Dodds