By Sarah Keane • 21 October 2020 • 20:56
HOPE is fading for missing celebrity dolphin Fungie as search is called off.
Boats and a team of divers have been searching for Fungie after he disappeared off the west coast of Co Kerry more than a week ago.
The friendly dolphin has become a worldwide celebrity, making Dingle Peninsula his home since 1983. He was named the oldest solitary dolphin by Guinness World Records last year.
Funghi established Dingle as a tourist destination, with tourists flocking to take boat rides to see the bottlenose.
Caroline Boland, from Dingle Peninsula Tourism Alliance, said: “When Fungie appeared here in 1983 there was no such thing as tourism – emigration was rife, fishing was under threat and there were no jobs.”
‘Fungie never left and he quickly became part of community,” she said.
Now the community fears that Fungie has either died or left with a group of dolphins.
Director of Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium, Dr Kevin Flannery said: “He will be a huge loss economically – he was part of the family and any person that went out the harbour or any person that went walking would see him over the last 37 years.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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