Friendly dolphin spotted off Cork coast isn't Fungie, researchers say

Observers thought they might have found the missing bottlenose when a solitary dolphin was seen following a boat some 48km south of the Old Head of Kinsale 
Friendly dolphin spotted off Cork coast isn't Fungie, researchers say

Videos captured over the weekend led some people to wonder whether Fungie may have relocated from Dingle in Kerry to Kinsale in Cork. File Picture: Sean Manion/RollingNews.ie

A friendly dolphin spotted off the Kinsale coast over the last few days is not Fungie, marine biologists have said.

The Ocean Research and Conservation Association (OCRA) say they have analysed the markings on the dolphin using special imaging technology, and have concluded that Fungie hasn’t controversially relocated from Kerry to Cork.

Observers thought they might have found the missing bottlenose when a solitary dolphin was seen following a boat some 48km south of the Old Head of Kinsale – behaviour similar to what made Fungie so famous. 

However, using images and stills from the video of the dolphin seen off the Cork coast, OCRA was able to show that this dolphin bears individual distinctive markings on its dorsal fin.

Fungie had no such markings on his fin.

Fungie also bore dark grey colouring underneath his eye, whereas the Kinsale dolphin has light, white colourings.

The famous Dingle dolphin has been missing from the Kingdom for roughly six months, leaving his fans to speculate as to his whereabouts.

OCRA researchers are doing their part to find out what became of Fungie. They are asking people to download their observers app wherein videos and images of any dolphins sightings can be logged, catalogued and shared using the hashtag #FindFungie.

In the meantime, the group has set up a Twitter poll to find a name for the playful Kinsale porpoise. 

Two names are currently in a dead-heat with 35.7% of the vote – Finn and Rebel. 

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