World News – GB – County Kerry’s beloved solitary dolphin Fungie goes missing after 37 years


Ireland has launched a frantic search and rescue operation to locate Fungie, a popular dolphin that typically roams off the coast of County Kerry

Fungie, a lone bottlenose, has resided in Dingle Harbor since 1983 He has created a whole tourism industry around him, attracting visitors with his playful nature, and holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest lone dolphin

But suddenly he disappeared A local fisherman said he never went more than a few hours without spotting him, but has not been seen for over a week, despite the dispatch of search and rescue teams with divers scouring the seabed

« We all feel really sad, » Nuala Moore, a local swimmer, told Sky News. « We’ve been sharing this body of water for 30 years. I grew up swimming with it »

« There is a sound of howling laughter when people see it, wild cries of ‘yay' », she says

« In a world where we don’t laugh so easily, anything that stops you and forces you to appreciate nature is special. It’s more than nature »

Marine biologist Kevin Flannery, director of Oceanworld Aquarium Dingle, told the Washington Post that Fungie was last seen playing with a pod of humpback and minkie whales in the mouth of the harbor

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« They catch and scatter a lot of food, and maybe it would have been easier to accompany them. He could then have joined another group of dolphins »

Scientists estimate Fungie is in his 40s The life expectancy of dolphins in the wild is around 50 years, so locals are bracing for the possibility that Fungie is dead

Before his demise, a dozen companies offered sightseeing tours to see him, providing around 50 jobs for the local economy

« He gave us 37 good years If he changed people’s minds … he did his job, » said M Flannery

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Fungie, Dolphin, Ireland, Dingle Bay, Kerry

World News – GB – County Kerry’s beloved solitary dolphin Fungie dies after 37 years



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