Joe Noonan, Dolphin Whisperer

“I lead the kind of trips that I’d love to be on; fun, safe, exciting and adventurous!”

“The effect wild dolphins have on us is amazing; everyone gets back on the boat powerfully uplifted from swimming in the ocean with them.”

Joe has been a nature guide for most of his life. He 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 and vitality of 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 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, that it is only our unconscious beliefs that limit us. This began a lifelong passion of living in one’s full potential. 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, working 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.

To balance his therapeutic work and maintain his love of Nature, he continued working part time 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.

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”