Dingle natives pay homage to the fungus as hopes of returning to their home in the face of the legendary dolphin city harbor fade.
Search formal for fungi – Five days after the alarm went off, according to a local, the largest dolphin ever found.
Jimmy Flannery, founder and owner of Dingle Sea Seafare Tours, says the seekers are “dehydrated – mentally and physically”.
“People need to understand and respect that this is a missing friend,” he told the Irish Mirror. “It’s not an object.”
Flannery lives his life in the shadow of the big dolphin – he is far from alone.
Councilor Brendan Fitzgerald says, “The story of Dingle Dolphin is the story of the development of the harbor and everything.
“Some people tell me 50-100 direct jobs are related to fungi, but I would say everything is related to fungi,” he says.
“If he doesn’t come back, it’s going to be tough.”
Search boats have been plying the area for days, including divers and sonic devices, amid growing fears that fungi, an important part of Dingle folklore for four decades, will not return.
The matter has been raised at the county council level, and Fitzgerald says local authorities want to help.
“If you had told me this a month or a week ago, 2020 would have been worse, I would have said no,” he says.
“But the next moment, all of a sudden, it’s going to be a disappointing year if Fungi doesn’t come back.”
Fitzgerald says it will seek state assistance for the Dingle town if Fungi does not return, adding that the dolphin’s importance to the city’s economy.
But the importance of fungi is far greater than the economy.
“That’s not a concern – it’s not a boatman’s concern,” Flannery said. “He is the concern.”
“There have been some comments on Facebook from people who don’t understand how this animal dingle people,” he says.
“He was a symbol, he always was. He was there in the lives of a lot of people. ”
Flannery has known Fungi for decades – he says the first thing he did when his wife, who was born in Donegal, moved to Dingle was to take her out to see the dolphins.
“He pulled me thick and thin. Not human company, I spent time with him when some company was needed. I spent time with him.
“I was only 12 years old when the fungus came on, and I’m been taking people out since I was 16 years old.
“He is an institution. He was the emblem, he was the sentinel at the entrance to the harbor, who would meet and greet all the boats. ”
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