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The Disappearance of Fungie

Fungie

The disappearance of a single solitary dolphin in the year 2020 would seem to be small news among the horrible things that have happened this year. The pandemic is still raging. Ireland is in lockdown again. People are dying from Covid-19.

However, on October 20th it was reported that Fungie, a dolphin that first appeared in Dingle Bay, Co Kerry in 1983 was missing for 7 days.

For as long as I’ve been aware of Dingle, it has been synonymous with Fungie. He was hard to miss as there’s a statue in the town, and several boats lined the quays ready to take visitors out to see the friendly dolphin.

I went out once in 2017, and I saw him break the surface a few times but he wasn’t in the mood for playing at the time. You should have seen the packed boats of tourists trying to grab a glimpse of him. Thankfully our boat wasn’t as busy!

The last time I saw him was in August this year. My family and I walked out to Hussey’s Folly on a glorious evening where we sat in the grass watching the water, accompanied by several boats and kayakers.

There was the occasional shout when someone spotted him, and the delighted laughs and exclamations made it all worth it.

The next night we walked out by the small beach at Bín Bán. As night fell we heard splashes in the still water and spotted Fungie swimming back and forth just ten to twenty metres from shore. All was quiet. There was only my family and a passer-by around. It was very special hearing his splashes in the water.

Paddy Ferriter, keeper of the old lighthouse pictured above, was the first person to spot Fungie in 1983. He tells his story in a short clip here:

My photos of Fungie don’t do him justice. Follow these links for more:

Washington Post article on his disappearance.

There are wonderful videos of Fungie on this Facebook page.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7sEG6WhPM

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 300mm
ISO 250
Shutter speed 1/320s
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Waltzing at the fairground

Waltzing at the fairground

The waltzers at the fairground in Dingle, Co Kerry last August.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 68mm
ISO 3200
Shutter speed 1/500s
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Boats in Dingle Harbour

Boats in Dingle Harbour

Dingle Harbour, Co Kerry. August 2020.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 70mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s
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Jellyfish at Dingle OceanWorld

Jellyfish at Dingle Oceanworld

Dingle, Co Kerry, Ireland. August 2020.

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 28mm
ISO 640
Shutter speed 1/30s
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No Parking for Boats

No Parking for Boats

Dingle, Co Kerry, Ireland. August 2020.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 28mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/50s
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The Still Waters of Dingle Harbour

The Still Waters of Dingle Harbour

Dingle, Co Kerry, Ireland. August 2020.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/15s
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The Milky Way and Perseid Meteors

The Milky Way and Perseid Meteors

Urban light intrudes on a long exposure shot of the night sky, but it was worth it. Got three Perseid meteors and the Milky Way.

Milky Way

Milky Way

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Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 6400
Shutter speed 30s
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Hussey’s Folly and Yellow

Hussey’s Folly outside Dingle, Co Kerry. April 2019.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 22mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/320s
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Oars down and chat

Dingle, Co Kerry. October 2017.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 300mm
ISO 320
Shutter speed 1/320s
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Looking for Fungie in Dingle

One of the boats the went out looking for Fungie had quite a few passengers. Thankfully the smaller boat we were on wasn’t quite so crowded. Unfortunately Fungie was shy that day.

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 300mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/250s
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Turtles at Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium

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Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 110mm
ISO 500
Shutter speed 1/100s
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Sunset over Dingle

Dingle, Co Kerry. October 2017.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 76mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/2.5s