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Ireland Photography Photos

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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Photography Photos Urban

Puerto del Carmen by the Sea

Puerto del Carmen by the Sea

January 1st, 2020 in Lanzarote. It seems like a world away. Some knew what was ahead of us in this year but I certainly never suspected what the world would be going through now.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 110mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 5s
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People Photography Photos

Sunset in Puerto del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote. January 2019.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 35mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/400s
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Ireland Photography Photos

The Log in the Sea

Ballydowane, February 2019.

Aperture ƒ/13
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/25s
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Ireland Photography Photos

Creamy Sea

Ballydowane, February 2019.

Aperture ƒ/13
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 32mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/25s
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Ireland Photography Photos

The sea rushes back

Ballydowane, Co Waterford over the weekend with Blarney Photography Club.

Aperture ƒ/13
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/20s
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Photography Photos

Sunset Silhouettes

Playa Chica Beach, Puerto del Carman, Lanzarote.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 35mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/400s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Visitors to the Baltimore Beacon

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 105mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/400s
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Ireland Photography Photos

Misty Sea of the Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland. July 2018.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 65mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 30s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Looking Over at Sherkin Island

Next to the Baltimore Beacon in Co Cork. March 2015.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 105mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/800s
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Ireland Photography Photos

The Tide Comes in at Glencolmcille

Glencolmcille, Donegal. August 2017.

Aperture ƒ/11
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/2s
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Ireland Photography Photos

Slieve League

Slieve League, or Sliabh Liag as Gaeilge in April 2018.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s