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


July 13, 2016 in News

Where are K and L pods this year?

May and June are normally the months when the Southern Resident orca pods show up in the Salish Sea – an intricate network of coastal waterways that includes the southwestern…

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July 6, 2016 in News

CITES approve permits to move Finland’s dolphins to Greece

As members of the Dolphinaria-Free Europe coalition, Marine Connection has today released the following joint press statement on this proposed transfer. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dolphins Veera, Delfi, Leevi and Eevertti…

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July 2, 2016 in News

Researchers investigate whale deaths along Alaska’s coastline

Researchers are trying to determine what caused the deaths of three large whales found along Alaska’s coastline within a single week in late June. Initially a fin whale died and…

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June 29, 2016 in News

Possible fishery closures to help aid killer whale population recovery

A recovery plan for the Northern and Southern Resident killer whale population has been set out online by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada with a 60-day public comment…

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June 28, 2016 in News

Octavius – having been released back to the wild, is thriving

Octavius the dolphin, named after the veterinarian who cared for him  appears to be thriving after being released back into the wild off Louisiana’s coast, approximately 2 months ago.  Having…

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June 23, 2016 in News

Are dolphins from Finland headed for Greece?

Following the recent public event in Tampere in relation to the future of the dolphins from Sarkanniemi dolphinarium, Marine Connection are extremely concerned to report that a deal may have…

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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