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 21, 2017 in News

A free gift to you for caring

We know many of you dedicate your time to stand up or step out at rallies around the world for whales and dolphins and we think those campaigning feet deserve…

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August 21, 2017 in News

Bead design competition update

Following the launch of our ‘Design A Bead’ for Marine Connection competition in association with Nalu Beads on 21 June, we have been delighted with the response, receiving some truly…

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August 16, 2017 in News

SeaWorld refuse document disclosure

SeaWorld recently told a California federal court that investors in a lawsuit are attempting to mislead the court by objecting to a confidentiality order, saying the theme park company’s confidential…

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August 10, 2017 in News

Blue whales threatened by seabed mining

An important habitat for New Zealand’s only known population of critically endangered blue whale is now at risk from destructive seabed mining after an Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) ruling. Trans…

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August 8, 2017 in News

Remembering those taken from Penn Cove

Today, August 8th marks the 47th anniversary of the capture of seven members of the Southern Resident orca population including Lolita, in Penn Cove, Washington State, USA. During the 1960s/70s,…

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August 2, 2017 in News

France upholds cetacean breeding ban

On May 3 this year legislation was signed by French Environment Minister Segolene Royal relating to keeping of marine mammals in captivity in the France.  This included a ban on…

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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