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


October 19, 2016 in News

International Whaling Commission soon to meet in Slovenia

88 countries of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will meet in Slovenia next week in the organisation’s first summit since Japan controversially restarted its Antarctic whale hunt. Australia is about…

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October 12, 2016 in News

Sri Lanka steps up to stop dolphin hunting

Sri Lanka’s Minister of Fisheries, Mahinda Amaraweera has requested for the country’s Navy and Coast Guard to take legal action against any fishermen who are caught hunting and killing dolphins…

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October 6, 2016 in News

Oil transfer threat to world’s most northerly resident bottlenose dolphin population

Marine Connection continues to support a vital campaign to stop the planned transfer of up to nine million tonnes of crude oil a year between tankers in an area of…

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September 29, 2016 in News

US film festival to screen Japanese pro-whaling documentary

A documentary introducing the voices of Japanese people who support whaling and dolphin hunting will be screened on October 1 during the Glendale International Film Festival in California, running from…

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September 29, 2016 in News

Pesticide chemical detected in dolphins

A chemical formerly used in pesticides and more recently in carpet-cleaning products has turned up in the blood of North America’s dolphins, pike and cormorants for the first time. They…

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September 23, 2016 in News

LUSH asks Marine Connection “Why do you do what you do?”

The friendly team from LUSH visited the Marine Connection office in the Moray Firth, Scotland on a sunny day in July to meet our founders, Margaux Dodds and Liz Sandeman….

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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