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


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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September 22, 2016 in News

Potential export of wild dolphins from Africa to Asia

We were notified recently that the Fisheries Management Committee of the Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) is currently reviewing an application by a Chinese businessman to capture…

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September 13, 2016 in News

Rare whale found on UK beach

A rare northern bottlenose whale measuring more than five metres long  washed up on a beach in Porthcawl, Wales (UK) recently. Usually found in small numbers off the Northern Isles and…

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August 28, 2016 in News

Särkänniemi release statement on dolphin transfers to Attica Park, Greece

The dolphins from Särkänniemi dolphinarium in Finland have been moved to Attica Park, Greece.  Greece currently has a ban in place on any performances of animals, even domestic pets.  However,…

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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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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