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Fungie the dolphin

Fungie the dolphin

Fungie the dolphin

RTE chiefs have commissioned a new documentary on Dingle's beloved missing dolphin Fungie. 

The bottle-nosed dolphin has been missing from the Co Kerry fishing village for more than three weeks now.

Boats and divers have been carrying out an extensive search of the local inlet, but there has been no sign of the world-famous mammal.

Fungie has been an ever-present feature at the mouth of Dingle Harbour since he was first spotted by lighthouse keeper Paddy Ferriter in 1983.

There is even a statue built in his honour beside the jetty, where the boats would collect hundreds of tourists daily in search of a glimpse of the friendly resident.

While many have given up hope of finding Fungie, RTÉ chiefs are hoping that Baz Ashmawy can have better luck.

The DIY SOS host was dispatched this week to Kerry in order to film a special one-off documentary on the special relationship Dingle it's with their oldest seas dwelling resident.

Baz, who had just received the news that 1.6 million viewers watched his heartwarming series, revealed that he was already starting to work on his next project—a Fungie documentary.

“It was lovely that so many people connected with the show," he told The Sunday World.

“I am really busy still thankfully.

“My podcast is going great guns and I have just landed down in Dingle to film this doc on Fungie.

“I am going to talk to the locals and just see how important he is to the local community and try and get a sense of what they are going through right now.

“I’ll go out in the harbour and have a look but I don’t think I am best placed to find him.”

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