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


November 30, 2016 in News

Everglades dolphins have high mercury contamination

It has been discovered that bottlenose dolphins in the Florida Coastal Everglades have higher concentrations of mercury than any other populations in the world. Florida International University (FIU) scientists examined…

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November 28, 2016 in News

Spanish park imports dolphins for new facility

Despite huge opposition to the building of a new dolphinarium at Rancho Texas Park on Lanzarote, Canary Islands, 4 male bottlenose dolphins have recently been imported from Germany to stock…

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November 22, 2016 in News

Beluga whales taken from Russia to China for display

Six beluga whales, rumoured to be 3 male and 3 female, have been moved from Vladivostok in Russia to the Shanhaiguan Happy Ocean World in the district of Qinhuangdao, China….

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November 16, 2016 in News

Dolphins transferred to Zoomarine, Portugal

Marine Connection has received the news that 2 dolphins have recently been transferred to Zoomarine, Algarve. Both dolphins were born in Germany – the female Naomi, born in Nuremberg in…

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November 14, 2016 in News

Future survival of southern resident killer whales

With the southern resident killer whale population consisting of around 80 animals, the death of each female is a lost opportunity to help increase their number. Colleague Ken Balcomb, senior…

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November 11, 2016 in News

Public consultation on Dolphinaria and Zoos in the EU

Please participate in the Public Consultation as part of the REFIT evaluation of EU Zoos Directive and provide your opinions about the role of zoos in the European Union which…

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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