JoJo the Dolphin is one of the most famous dolphins in the world. JoJo swims the waters around Turks and Caicos saying hello to all island locals and tourists alike. There is no doubt JoJo is real and a joy to see during any visit to Turks and Caicos.
JoJo is not a legend or folk tale. JoJo is a unique Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin that has been seen all around Grace Bay and other parts of the islands since the 1980s. On your trip, you may see JoJo swimming just beyond the bouys while you are relaxing on the beach. You may see JoJo while you are on your diving or snorkeling trip as he swims by to say hello. You may see JoJo while you are enjoying a relaxing drink or dinner at the end of the day at one of the many beachfront restaurants like Seaside Café or the Deck at Seven Stars. It is true. JoJo is for real and is the ambassador to marine life in the Turks and Caicos.
What makes JoJo unique is he likes to interact with people. He is known as the friendly dolphin. JoJo is in his natural habitat and chooses to interact with people. But, JoJo is a wild animal and must be treated as such. This is not a petting zoo of any sort so JoJo is never to be touched. In fact, it is against the law in Turks and Caicos to touch JoJo. Accidents have happened. JoJo even has an appointed warden who trains people on interacting with JoJo and serves as JoJo’s official protector.
This may sound like a lot for a dolphin, but JoJo has become a symbol of marine life and island life conservation in the Turks and Caicos. One of the primary responsibilities of the Turks and Caicos government is preserving the pristine waters and marine life that surround the islands. Over development and irresponsible development have harmed many islands throughout the Caribbean. JoJo serves as a reminder that the island should be protected in its natural habitat.
Many swimmers and divers come home with stories of JoJo the dolphin. When you visit Turks and Caicos, you too will likely see the friendly dolphin. And if you are lucky enough, you may just catch him on film or video.
Many people that come to the islands assume that this is a legend or a joke, but JoJo is real. You will just have to see him playing and swimming and jumping for yourself to believe it.
Below is a short video of JoJo that some divers posted on YouTube:
Photo at top thanks to Alain Feulvarch.