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 uplifted from swimming in the ocean with them.”

Joe has been an outdoor guide 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 joy is in the moment and within us. He invites us to experience the beauty and vitality of nature, and bring that energy back into our relationships at work and at home.

Seventh of eight kids, he grew up on a farm in Maine. When he was a teenager, 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 connection to nature, he built a log cabin and lived in the 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 beliefs, he studied psychosynthesis and built a full-time private psychotherapy practice.

To balance his therapeutic work and maintain his love of Nature, he continued working as a wilderness guide for several Outward Bound centers, 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 the Pacific and Atlantic. He’s called the ‘Dolphin Whisperer’ for the way dolphins respond to him.

In 2008 he was given the name ‘Merman’ by a group of Native American Elders, recognizing him as one 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 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’s been bringing people to swim with wild dolphins for over twenty years. He loves sharing the joy of being with the dolphins and invites you to go on an adventure with him!

Life is an invitation to have fun, and the dolphins are wonderful cohorts in bringing joy more fully into our lives”