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


April 28, 2017 in News

What is killing Atlantic humpback whales?

NOAA Fisheries have officially announced an “unusual mortality event” for humpback whales from Maine to North Carolina, USA. The death toll leading to the declaration has risen to 41 whales…

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April 27, 2017 in News

Trap fishing gear closure extended to protect whales

As a result of the ongoing presence of endangered right whales feeding in Cape Cod Bay, the Division of Marine Fisheries has announced that most of Cape Cod Bay will…

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April 18, 2017 in News

Where are Darwin’s dolphins heading to?

Darwin Harbour’s humpback dolphins may be abandoning the area for other waters, according to a new study. For approx three years, researchers for have been monitoring dolphin numbers and their…

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April 13, 2017 in News

Steps to cut underwater noise in the Salish Sea

An international group of marine scientists including five from British Columbia wants the Canadian government to take steps to cut underwater noise in the Salish Sea off the southern coast…

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April 7, 2017 in News

Boycott Mexican Shrimp to save Vaquita Porpoise

Marine Connection has joined a coalition led by US based Animal Welfare Institute campaigning for a public boycott of all shrimp caught in Mexico. It is hoped that this action will…

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April 5, 2017 in News

Cook Islands bans commercial fishing to protect whales

The Cook Islands has placed a ban on commercial fishing within 50 nautical miles of the nation to reduce the interaction between commercial fishing and humpback whales. In 2001 the…

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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