One of the first questions guests ask when we begin our cruises is, “Do you guys see dolphins?” quickly followed by “Is JoJo real?” and “How do you know its JoJo?”
To start off, yes we often do see dolphins on our charters and most often it is either JoJo or his 2 closest friends Bo or Whizzer. We also do get regular visits from dolphins that are just passing through the area.
JoJo is a wild Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops Truncatus) which freely interacts with humans. In 1989 this dolphin was declared a National Treasure by the Turks and Caicos Islands Government. JoJo is a male dolphin weighing about 880 pounds and approximately 10 feet in length, and is different from other dolphins in that he voluntarily interacts with humans.
It’s easy to identify him beacuse of unfortunate propeller scars on his back, and you’ll have a good chance of seeing him if you spend some time boating in the Grace Bay area, but remember, NEVER touch any marine animal or reef, as dolphins may attack if provoked.