Ecco was an ordinary dolphin swimming around with his pod in the ocean. After accepting a challenge to see how high out of the water he could leap, Ecco performed an impressive jump. At the zenith of his leap, however, a massive waterspout formed and sucked his friends up into the sky. Landing back in the ocean, Ecco sets out on a quest to discover the mysterious forces behind the disappearance of his friends. As a dolphin, Ecco has the power of echolocation at his disposal. Sending out a sonic wave allows you to communicate with other sea creatures and create maps of the immediate vicinity. Just remember that dolphins are mammals, and need to occasionally come up for air.
- The five stars on his forehead form the constellation Delphinus, which is Latin for dolphin.
- The original box art for Ecco the Dolphin was painted by renowned fantasy artist, Boris Vallejo.