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IMBRSea's thesis research gives clue on the disappearance of famous Irish dolphin

Recently graduated Kim Ellen Ludwig had her thesis cited as a possible explanation for the disappearance of 'Fungie', a bottlenose dolphin that has lived for decades near the Dingle Peninsula in the far southwest of Ireland. Fungie's notoriety comes from being the world’s longest-living ‘friendly’ resident dolphin. It's been more than 2 weeks that he is missing from his area. The news and the search for the dolphin have gripped the country in the past days. 

According to Kim's research done at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), there is emigration outside the Shannon estuary to adjacent Tralee and Brandon bays. Dolphins from the studied population were sometimes considered dead when really they had emigrated to neighboring areas. 

Dolphins and cetaceans in general, are highly mobile animals, being able to cover many kilometers in a day. Although it is possible that Fungie has passed away, Kim's master thesis gives a little bit of hope for the mammal to still be out there on the Irish coast.

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