Joe Noonan, Dolphin Whisperer

“The effect wild dolphins have on people is amazing, everyone gets back on the boat powerfully and positively changed by being with them.”

Joe loves sharing the joy and adventure of nature, the ocean and the dolphins. He reflects back that this world is already a Heaven on Earth, and that the tools to find joy in the moment are all around and within us. He reminds us that harmony is inevitable and that innately we all just love each other and sometimes we forget.

He invites us to experience the beauty in nature, and bring the lessons that nature teaches back into our relationships at work and at home.

Seventh of eight kids, he grew up on a farm in southern Maine. When he was fifteen, during a family counseling session over the suicide of his brother, he recognized that we are the guardians of our own reality, and that it is only our unconscious beliefs that limit us. At the age of 22, in a desire to deepen his love of nature, he built a log cabin and lived in the north Maine woods for a year.

One north Maine winter was enough and from there he moved to Boston and joined a Spiritualist church. Over the next decade he had a private healing practice using shiatsu, reflexology and flower essences, and worked as a hands-on healer in local churches and hospitals.

Realizing that the illnesses he was treating had their origins in our thoughts and beliefs, he studied psychosynthesis and in 1987 he had a full-time private psychotherapy practice. He volunteered in a domestic violence program, counseled male batterers and spoken in prisons to violent offenders.

To balance his healing work and maintain his love of Nature, he continued worked as a wilderness guide, leading hiking, canoeing and backpacking trips around the country.

In 1990 he started his own consulting company that teaches team-building programs to corporations and universities. He takes executive teams on leadership retreats around the world, including such adventures as climbing, rafting, sailing and swimming with dolphins and sharks. (

In 1995, Joe had his first swim with a pod of wild dolphins, and he stepped out of the water a changed man. Since that time, he’s brought groups and families from all over the world to swim with the wild dolphins in both the Pacific and Atlantic. He’s called the ‘Dolphin Whisperer’ for the way dolphins respond to him.

In 2008 he was given the name ‘Nimbeesh’, aka ‘Merman’, by a group of Native American Elders, recognizing him as the return of the Mer-people, those who are the bridge between the tribes of the land and the tribes of the sea.

7SKY Surf magazine: “So what attracts us to the ocean ? What are we looking for when we leave the shore and move towards vaster horizons ? Waterman Joebaby, living between the Bahamas and Hawaii, embodies the answer to these questions. He is one of those for whom the surface was not enough. Meeting him and diving deep into his mind and heart might very well trigger some of our deeper feelings of ‘longing’ and ‘belonging’. Read the 7SKY interview here

A passionate advocate for the oceans and the dolphins, he leads water ceremonies and celebrations at schools, universities and conferences around the world (5 continents and counting), empowering people to add love and appreciation to the oceans of our world.

He was invited to Taiji, Japan, site of the documentary “The Cove”, to perform a sacred Ho’oponopono healing ceremony.

An author, minister and shamanic guide, he currently spends most of his time in the ocean, and gives talks and retreats on living in joy and celebrating life. He’s been bringing people to swim with wild dolphins for over twenty years. He loves sharing the joy of being with the wild dolphins and invites you to go on an adventure with him!

Life is an invitation to be in love and have fun – This love is in all of us, and the dolphins are wonderful allies in bringing that love more fully into our lives”