Fungie, a dolphin that has brought magic and tourism to Dingle since the day he befriended a local fisherman 37 years ago, has not been seen near the Irish harbour town for weeks. Many people around the world are mourning.
I was commissioned to photograph Fungie in 2006 by the German magazine Mare. First he was nowhere to be seen, and suddenly he leapt out of the water right next to us. It was very challenging to capture the moment because you don’t know where he might appear and when. And the boat was hobbling in the waves too.
I can understand the people in Dingle missing him painfully. Even my short encounters have endeared me to a dolphin that has chosen humans as lifelong friends.