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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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Photography Photos Urban

Dom Luís Bridge

Dom Luís Bridge

Dom Luís Bridge

The Dom Luís Bridge in Porto, Portugal last November.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 23mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 3.2s
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Boats in Dingle Harbour

Boats in Dingle Harbour

Dingle Harbour, Co Kerry. August 2020.

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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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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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Cork Ireland Photography Photos Urban

The Lights of The Mary Elmes Bridge

The Lights of The Mary Elmes Bridge

The Lights of The Mary Elmes Bridge

Mary Elmes was an an Irish aid worker who saved many Jewish children from being transported to concentration camps during World War II.

In 1942, the Vichy authorities made it clear that Jewish children were not legally allowed to be exempt from being sent to the concentration camps, as they had been. Elmes, with help from some colleagues, rescued dozens of children, taking them to safe houses or helping them flee the country altogether. Well aware that she was putting herself at risk, Elmes hid many children in the boot of her car and drove them to safe destinations. She aided many others by securing documents, which allowed for them to escape through the undercover network in Vichy France.

She was born in Cork in 1908 and today, a new bridge named in her honour was opened officially (backup) by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Sheehan.

See more on Twitter.

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Focal length 16mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 5s
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The Disney Springs Aerophile Balloon

The Disney Springs Balloon

Disney Springs, Orlando, Florida. October 2018.

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Focal length 45mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 2s
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Sunset at Glencolmcille

Sunset at Glencolmcille

Glencolmcille, Donegal. August 2017.

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Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 19mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/10s
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The view from near Mirador Del Rio

The view from Mirador Del Rio Scenic Road

Lanzarote, Canary Islands. January 2019.

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Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/500s
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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

The Duck Family at the Atlantic Pond

Duck Family at the Atlantic Pond

The Atlantic Pond, Cork. May 2019.

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Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 19mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/125s
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The fence and nature

Glencolmcille, Donegal. August 2017.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 28mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/30s
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Ireland Photography Photos

The Seas of the Giant’s Causeway

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

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Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 70mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 30s