Despite Fungie's gregariousness with humans, Dingle's resident dolphin has been notoriously shy around his own kind. Other dolphins occasionally swim through the fish-rich harbor to feed, though when they do, Fungie almost always keeps his distance.
"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," says Jeannine Masset, a local photographer for whom Fungie is a favorite subject.
Yet for reasons that remain unclear, Fungie's relations with other dolphins have recently warmed. Over the last four days, the normally timid animal has been seen swimming and playing alongside two other dolphins, leaping in tandem like new friends.