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


March 29, 2017 in News

Kiwi scientists record rare whale sounds

More than half the world’s whale and dolphin species are found in New Zealand waters, yet very little is known about their migration paths, their behaviour and where they go….

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March 27, 2017 in News

Call of the baby beluga

A must see – this new film by Marine Connection colleagues Suzanne Chisholm and Mike Parfitt who created ‘Saving Luna’ the story of a young solitary orca, ‘Call of the…

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March 25, 2017 in News

How much ghost fishing gear is out there?

Ghost nets are commercial fishing nets which have been lost or abandoned by a fishing vessel and remain in the sea. Every year thousands of whales, dolphins and porpoise are…

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March 16, 2017 in News

More speak out against St Lucia dolphin park plans

Following our previous post, Marine Connection has written to the Prime Minister of St Lucia expressing concern over plans by Dolphin Discovery to establish a dolphin park at Pigeon Island, St…

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March 14, 2017 in News

Killer whales to be displayed in Wuxi, eastern China

Wuxi Changqiao Ocean Kingdom will be the largest ocean park in the region upon completion in 2019.  Covering 185,000-sq-m at a cost of approximately $435 million the facility plans to display…

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March 10, 2017 in News

“Sounders” are back around Puget Sound

Gray whale watching season has officially arrived around Puget Sound – the coastal area of the Pacific Northwest in the U.S. state of Washington. Referred to as “Sounders”, approximately 12…

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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