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 25, 2017 in News

Orca calf Kyara dies at SeaWorld

The last orca whale born in captivity under SeaWorld’s former orca-breeding program has died at the San Antonio park. 3-month-old Kyara died Monday, July 24 after her health continued to…

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July 21, 2017 in News

International shipping supports science to protect orcas

Ships passing through a sensitive area off British Columbia’s coast, have agreed to slow down in an effort to protect the critically endangered southern resident killer whale population. One of the…

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July 18, 2017 in News

Minke whale dies in fishing gear

A female minke whale died after becoming entangled in fishing gear off Scotland’s west coast. Her tail fluke is believed to have become tangled in a creel rope off the…

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July 13, 2017 in News

Ocean Film Festival returns to the UK

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour returns to the UK this autumn for the fourth year running, bringing an evening of inspirational and jaw dropping ocean films from independent film…

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July 11, 2017 in News

Dolphins follow WA fishing trawlers for food

The incidental capture of wildlife in fishing gear presents a global conservation challenge. As a baseline to inform assessments of the impact of bycatch on bottlenose dolphins interacting with the…

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July 8, 2017 in News

Ireland’s whale-watching season boom

Colleagues from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group have reported exceptional sightings of minke whales and humpback whales off west Cork recently. A pod of humpbacks that normally frequents west…

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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