London: 7 November 2017. Marine Connection were honoured to be part of the largest protest ever seen in London against the Taiji hunts. For the first time our dear friend and colleague, Ric O'Barry and his family joined the event, following a very well attended screening of The Cove the previous evening.
It is heartening to see so many people joining to speak out against this atrocity. Although the message was of course to get the Japanese to stop this happening in Taiji, the atmosphere was one of camaraderie. There was a real feeling of working together for a common cause - to stop the suffering and slaughter of thousands of dolphins and small whales in Taiji, and we would like to convey thanks to all involved in organising the London events.
My dearest hope would be that (as much as I like seeing my fellow campaigners), we do not have to see each other outside the Embassy in London next year, as Japan will have finally put an end to this atrocity.
For now, we wait, hope and continue our commitment to campaign for those who have no voice. View some images here
07 November 2014
Marine Connection was recently contacted by a member of the public with regards to a dolphin being seen in one of the harbours in Brest, France - behaving in a friendly manner towards the public.
After watching the footage we identified the dolphin as Georges, the male dolphin who frequented the English coastline over 10 years ago. This particular dolphin is very similar to Clette the dolphin recently seen in Ireland. Covering great distances in his lifetime, Georges has proven just how many sea miles these marine mammals can cover.
Georges (also known as Dony), was sighted in Irish waters before heading over to the UK and having seen him for myself around Weymouth harbour in Dorset, I was delighted to know that this lovely male dolphin is still fit and well. Not only has Georges visited the UK & Ireland but also the Channel Islands and the Netherlands and also spent a considerable time in the company of another dolphin in France known as Jean Floch. Sadly many lone dolphins suffer injury or are even killed, so for this dolphin to still be thriving is indeed a very happy story!
Why some dolphins seem to actively choose to seek out the company of humans we will never really know, but while they do, it is up to us all to respect and protect them.