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All things Fungie!

Photo by Jeannine Masset and Rudi Schamhart

Please allow me to introduce myself!

Although I need no introduction...

I lived in the waters of Dingle Bay

for over 37 years!

Hi! My name is Fungie.

(That's pronounced Fun-Gee!) I was a cherished member of the town of Dingle, Ireland, until the pandemic of 2020. I was loved around the world and everyone in Ireland looked long and hard for me, but they never found me and it made everyone sad.

Fungie in Dingle Bay

But Lori Henninger Smith didn't want everyone to be sad when remembering me....

So she began to imagine a happier

ending to my story.

Hoping to teach kids to be brave and embrace

the world around them as there is so

much out there to discover....

Written from my friend Finns' perspective, Lori tells you all about my life in Dingle over the years and my NEW adventures! You can read about me for yourself and all the fun I'm having in the bookshe wrote about me called "Finn's Friend Fungie."

Beautiful images caught by photographers

Jeannine Masset and her partner Rudi Schamhart.

Rudi and Jeannine had the amazing privilege of practically living with Fungie for decades and are credited with more than 40,000 beautiful images of him and Dingle Bay. What a wonderful way to live!

Here we will provide links to some of their stories, that

were published on news sites around the world.

You may visit the sites to learn more!

Jeannine runs a Facebook page for Fungie called Fungie Forever.

Here is the link to that page:

Fungie the dolphin of Dingle Bay
Fungie the dolphin of Dingle Bay


Fungie the dolphin of Dingle Bay

Here are some links to some of the best articles about Fungie I have found!

Fungie Forever: The amazing story of Jeannine,

Rudi and the Dingle dolphin

Jeannine Masset and Fungie the dolphin in Dingle Bay

Written and published by: Written by: Pól Ó Conghaile June 03 2017 01:00 AM

Here's a snippet of the story. Visit the link for the full story at the link above.

"There is a bond there.

It was love at first sight," Jeannine says of

her first swim with Fungie.

That's an understatement. The day before I spoke with Jeannine, born in the Netherlands but living in Dingle, Co. Kerry, she and husband Rudi Schamhart had taken their little rubber dinghy out for an almost daily ritual - the search for Fungie.

"The boats were all looking for him, but when we came out he came straight over to us," she says. "He just knows certain people. Even if you are in a different boat. He knows the engine sounds, who is on board, even who is walking on the beaches."

For 26 years now, Jeannine and Rudi have been coming to boat in the bay, looking for a bottlenose dolphin that means the world to them.

And almost always, he shows up. Hundreds of hours of video, "about 10,000 photos"

"and a trail of salt-spoiled cameras and fading

phone batteries attest to that."

Published by The Journal, IE Nov 27th 2013, 7:15 AM

Incredible new footage shows age-defying Fungie

in flying form!

Dingle’s most famous resident is normally a solitary animal, but he’s been splashing about with a couple of old friends for the last few days….

Fungie in Dingle Bay

Paschal Dower of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group says Fungies’ exploits over the last four days show there’s plenty of life left in Dingle’s most famous resident. Although the mammal, who arrived in Dingle Bay in 1983, is a huge fan of human company, often spending hours swimming alongside boats, locals say that in the past he’s often shunned the friendship of other dolphins.

According to Jeannine Masset and Rudi Schamhart, who make regular trips to

photograph him: "He has had so many other dolphin visitors this year that he completely avoided — he then hides very close to the rocks and has several other hiding places, or he hides behind our dinghy.

“When they come close, he lands on top of them and shows them where to go.

However, “with these two he gets along brilliantly.”

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