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


February 10, 2018 in News

Vancouver Aquarium – latest

Vancouver's park board did not have the authority to ban cetaceans at the city's aquarium, a British Columbia judge has ruled. This recent decision follows the Vancouver Aquarium's announcement that…
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February 8, 2018 in News

Monkey Mia dolphins suffer shark attacks

There has apparently been a spate of brutal shark attacks on some of the dolphins at Monkey Mia, Australia - the area is known for close interaction between the dolphins…
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February 8, 2018 in News

SeaWorld to be independently audited by Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook is to carry out an independent audit of SeaWorld following its decision to stop promoting the attraction online. Asked about the situation during a media conference call following…
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February 8, 2018 in News

Beirut dolphins back in Egypt

In October last year, we reported about a temporary dolphin show in Beirut which had been established in a circus tent, owned and operated by Cirque du Liban. The dolphins…
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February 5, 2018 in News

Latest update on Bayworld Oceanarium, South Africa

For some years, the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) has been considering revamp options for Bayworld Oceanarium (formally known as the Port Elizabeth Museum Complex) and deciding whether or not…
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January 30, 2018 in News

Irrawaddy dolphins protection zone to be extended

The Fisheries Department is planning to extend the dolphin protection area which is currently 72 kilometres wide, extending from Mingun to Kyauk Muang in the Sagaing Region, as designated in…
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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