First of all, I have to thank Jodi from Snuba TCI for all these terrific photos of JoJo taken at the Bight Reef (also known as the White House Reef at Coral Gardens). Jodi tells me she hasn’t seen JoJo in a while but when he comes in, he usually wants to play and so it’s hard to get a photo as he is right in and far too close.
Jodi says JoJo loves to play tricks and hides behind her so she can’t see him or he hides behind her divers. One time he was right behind and inbetween a couple with her and his head was about a foot away from their faces. It was a priceless sight but then the girl put her hand out to touch him and Jodi had to stop her instead of taking the photo. Remember that JoJo is a wild and beautiful sea creature and you should never touch him. Look and be amazed but please don’t touch him.
JoJo is a male dolphin that loves to interact with people all the way along from Grace Bay to Pine Cay. He has been injured several times by boat propellers and jet skis and has many scars. JoJo met Dean Bernal his protector, wild life warden and friend in 1984…..a friendship that lasts till this day. He was declared “a national treasure” of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
And now here’s our JoJo story…………….yes, Barry and I were very lucky years ago when we first came to Providenciales. We were snorkeling together at the White House Reef when all of a sudden something huge was coming towards us. I was on the outside and in direct line of the fast approaching object. I was terrified and tried to scramble over Barry’s back to get on the other side of him so he could get it first. Nice of me don’t you think???? In a split second JoJo popped up and his head was right infront of us. Wow, my heart was in my mouth hammering away. He was so close that Barry put his flippers up infront of him to make JoJo back off a little. I can tell you we were some relieved that it was JoJo. He stayed but a minute or two and with one flip of his tail he disappeared into the blue. You realize how powerful and fast these creatures are and we wouldn’t have stood a chance if it was anything other than JoJo the dolphin.
Remember. Should you be fortunate to see JoJo on your vacation here in the Turks and Caicos Islands, please do not attempt to pet or touch him. Thanks again Jodi. Don’t forget to call Jodi and she’ll take you on a snuba underwater sightseeing tour of the reef .