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Fungi the Dingle Dolphin in Ireland

Diver John O'Connor fixes a boat in Dingle, County Kerry, on the west coast of Ireland, home of the famed dolphin Fungi..In 1984, the lone dolphin was observed escorting the fishing boats. The fishermen named him Fungi. Within months, he had become such a fixture that local officials declared him a permanent resident. O'Connor was one of the first people to swim with the dolphin. .For more than 20 years, Fungi has stayed in the harbour and befriending humans, becoming one of Ireland's top attractions. O'Connor has been swimming with him since. .Every summer, Dingle town?s 3,000 inhabitants are overrun by tourists, who have come to see Fungi on boat trips..Fungi, a male bottlenose, is around 30 years old. He weighs about 250 kilos and is about four metres in length. .

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Diver John O'Connor fixes a boat in Dingle, County Kerry, on the west coast of Ireland, home of the famed dolphin Fungi..In 1984, the lone dolphin was observed escorting the fishing boats. The fishermen named him Fungi. Within months, he had become such a fixture that local officials declared him a permanent resident. O'Connor was one of the first people to swim with the dolphin. .For more than 20 years, Fungi has stayed in the harbour and befriending humans, becoming one of Ireland's top attractions. O'Connor has been swimming with him since. .Every summer, Dingle town?s 3,000 inhabitants are overrun by tourists, who have come to see Fungi on boat trips..Fungi, a male bottlenose, is around 30 years old. He weighs about 250 kilos and is about four metres in length. .