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Fin-ished Bizarre theory Russian sonar might have killed or driven away Fungie the dolphin

The use of sonar technology by naval vessels has the potential to disturb, displace and even kill cetaceans"

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Fungie

Fungie

A bizarre theory has emerged about the unfortunate disappearance of Fungie the dolphin - with fears Russian sonar may have fin-ished him.

A few months ago, the iconic Kerry dolphin went missing and hasn’t been spotted since.

While there might be a simpler explanation as to what happened to the Dingle mammal, his fate could have been sealed by more sinister forces.

Kerry Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan recently discussed the local suspicion that the Russian government has been using location technology in Irish seas, which has affected whales and dolphins.

The topic was first brought up by Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin, who asked in the Dáil about current requirements for use of sonar in Irish water.

He wanted to know about “the effect of sonar on certain cetaceans in particular and the protection Ireland is obliged to provide for such species under EU directives."

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Mr Ó Broin went to ask about: “The steps taken, and considerations made, in respect of limiting the impact on cetaceans in Irish waters from Nato exercises such as Operation Dynamic Mongoose in the past three years.”

Cetaceans is a scientific term used to describe a family of animals of which both dolphins and whales belong - which is exactly where Fungie comes in.

Operation Dynamic Mongoose is a yearly exercise in the Atlantic Ocean which deals with anti-surface warfare training as well as anti-submarine warfare.

Government minister Malcom Noonan of the Green Party also expressed his concern over the effect sonar was having on local wildlife.

“[I share] the deputy’s concerns around the impact on cetaceans in Irish waters from underwater noises and acoustic disturbance, including sonar,” he said.

“The use of sonar technology by naval vessels has the potential to disturb, displace and even kill cetaceans.”

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Senator Ned O’Sullivan

Senator Ned O’Sullivan

Senator Ned O’Sullivan

Senator O’Sullivan has since discussed this issue - admitting that he was no expert on the topic. However, he did note that: “Fungie has been a huge loss to Kerry and to Kerry tourism.”

“Things will not fully get back to normal in Kerry until he is back,” he said

He went on to discuss possible sonar suspects in Dingle, saying: “It could be the Russians. It could be Putin.”

Finally, he added that: “Like the Skibbereen Eagle, I am keeping a watchful eye on Russia.”

In years past, the minister discussed how much of a nuisance seagulls in Dublin are, saying in 2015 that: “I saw that they’re getting so cheeky now that they attack young children and dispossess them of their lollipops and stuff like that.”

“If you try and come between a seagull and a stolen sliced pan you’re likely to come off second best.”

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