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


January 13, 2017 in News

20 years ago this month, JJ the gray whale was rescued

Barely a week old, 20 years ago on January 11, 1997 a female gray whale was rescued after being discovered alone on the shores of Marina del Rey near Los…

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January 13, 2017 in News

Positive day at the Scottish Parliament

Marine Connection joined the gathering outside Scottish Parliament yesterday, ahead of First Minister’s Question Time, to highlight concerns over plans to allow ship-to-ship oil transfers at sea in the Moray…

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January 9, 2017 in News

Plans for seismic tests rejected

President Obama recently denied six permit applications for oil and gas exploration from Florida to Delaware — including requests to use intrusive seismic blasting. The decision comes three weeks after…

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January 6, 2017 in News

Seaworld announce the death of orca Tilikum

It is with mixed feelings we report the death of Tilikum who died in the early hours of this morning at SeaWorld, Orlando.  Since early last year following reports of…

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December 23, 2016 in News

Our festive message

As 2016 draws to a close we take time to reflect back upon this year’s campaigns.   We are delighted that this year has seen several changes in legislation to…

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December 23, 2016 in News

Male orca found dead in B.C. waters

We are very saddened to report that the body of an 18 year old male orca, known as J34, was recently found approximately 30 miles north of Vancouver which is…

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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