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


January 19, 2017 in News

Update on ship-to-ship oil transfers at sea – Moray Firth, Scotland

Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign so far to stop the transfers of millions of tonnes of crude oil in the open waters of the Moray Firth,…

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January 18, 2017 in News

Miami Seaquarium say no release for Lolita

Miami Seaquarium has recently been quoted in the press stating that, despite public concern, it will not release the orca known as Lolita.  In a statement, General Manager of the…

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January 18, 2017 in News

Primary threats to Southern Resident killer whales

High levels of contaminants in Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW) are one of the primary threats to the whales, according to a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report….

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January 13, 2017 in News

20 years ago this month, JJ the gray whale was rescued

Barely a week old, 20 years ago on January 11, 1997 a female gray whale was rescued after being discovered alone on the shores of Marina del Rey near Los…

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January 13, 2017 in News

Positive day at the Scottish Parliament

Marine Connection joined the gathering outside Scottish Parliament yesterday, ahead of First Minister’s Question Time, to highlight concerns over plans to allow ship-to-ship oil transfers at sea in the Moray…

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January 9, 2017 in News

Plans for seismic tests rejected

President Obama recently denied six permit applications for oil and gas exploration from Florida to Delaware — including requests to use intrusive seismic blasting. The decision comes three weeks after…

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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