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FIND FUNGIE Dingle locals take to the water as search to find Fungie is extended out across west Kerry coast

A search that has been going on around the mouth of Dingle harbour where Fungie normally lives has been extended out to cover a ten-mile stretch of sea along the west Kerry coast.

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Locals in Dingle have taken to the water in a search for Fungie, the world-famous dolphin who has not been seen for days.

Up to six boats went searching at first light this morning for the friendly bottlenose mammal who has been entertaining tourists since he first arrived in 1983.

As many as 12 boats operate daily trips, employing over 50 people, in a town where many rely on the tourism spin-off generated by the dolphin.

A search that has been going on around the mouth of Dingle harbour where Fungie normally lives has been extended out to cover a ten-mile stretch of sea along the west Kerry coast.

"This is fairly serious now," boatman Gary Brosnan said.

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"Fungie very, rarely leaves the mouth of the harbour and he has never, ever been missing for this long.

"We have an easterly wind blowing off the land at the moment and that tends to drive fish-life away out to sea.

"Our hope is that Fungie has gone out following the feed and will come back to us once the wind comes around to the south-west," he said.

"We spotted a pod of common dolphins feeding about two miles out to sea, but Fungie wasn't amongst them. That’s no surprise though, he doesn’t like common dolphins," he added.

Fungie’s approachable nature helped establish Dingle as a major tourist destination, with people coming from all across the world to meet him.

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