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


August 25, 2016 in News

Annulment sought of EC Certificate for Morgan the orca

Amsterdam law firm Van Den Biesen Kloostra Advocaten representing the Free Morgan Foundation (FMF) recently presented the State Secretary of Economic Affairs (the Netherlands) with an application for annulment of the EC certificate of…

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August 10, 2016 in News

First ‘Killer Whales of Eastern Australia’ catalogue released

The Killer Whales Australia (KWA) publication is the result of hundreds of hours of scrutinising 3,332 images from 139 sightings and analysis of data that has been collected over a…

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August 10, 2016 in News

Transient orcas and humpbacks clash

Whale watchers on-board different vessels  caught a rare encounter recently – a clash  between transient orcas and humpback whales. The orca were spotted  taking on two adult humpbacks and a…

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August 9, 2016 in News

Bali – let wild dolphins remain free

Marine Connection has concern over a recent suggestion in the media by Dewa Suardipa, Chairman of the Buleleng branch of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association that ocean floating ‘sea…

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August 4, 2016 in News

Concerns over injuries to Gibraltar dolphins

Marine Connection has contacted the Minister for the Environment in Gibraltar following reports that many dolphins in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW), are being injured due to a fishing practice…

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July 27, 2016 in News

Mexico announce permanent ban on gillnets to save the vaquita porpoise

Implemented from September 2016, the ban throughout the vaquita’s entire range in the upper Gulf of California is crucial to avoid extinction of the world’s most endangered cetacean species. Fishermen…

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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