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


December 15, 2017 in News

Alarming bycatch figures of common dolphins revealed

Over the past 12 months, 44 common dolphins were caught in fishing nets in the Bay of Plenty, a large bight in the northern coast of New Zealand's North Island.…
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December 8, 2017 in News

Plastic pollution – what a waste!

Around eight million tons of our plastic waste enter the oceans from land each year and is one of biggest threats to dolphins and whales. In the final episode of…
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December 7, 2017 in News

Lolita – is retirement in sight?

Marine Connection has received reports from our colleagues at Orca Network on the recent court case addressing Lolita’s continued welfare, living conditions and plans for her future. We are delighted…
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December 7, 2017 in News

Update on Moroccan dolphinarium plans

Further to the initial report on our campaign opposing a dolphinarium being established in Morocco at Anza near Agadir,  Marine Connection has submitted our letter of concern. Supported by several national…
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December 4, 2017 in News

Paradise 2, Armenia Update

Since we first highlighted the two dolphins being held in a pool in Armenia, we have continued to address this with the Best Western Paradise Hotel and the response so far…
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November 30, 2017 in News

Investigation into illegal trade in Black Sea bottlenose dolphins

It has been revealed that for the past six months authorities in Russia, including the FSB, have been monitoring the action of a group of residents in the Kuban district,…
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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