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Monday 17th December 2001

Going ballistic An incredible winters day – icy cold, the air was still, and the sea calm perfect swimming conditions. With no sign of Fungie, Nick said he wasn’t getting in until he saw him, and Keith was slow to kit up as he was feeling the chill. I decided to take a leap of faith and just get in, and lo and behold, along came the fish, flying over to me, he did a big swirling approach and then went to Nick to say hello. Sometimes its so special being out there with him. I was lagging behind the lads a bit as I have a sore foot, but Fungie kept coming over to me, not leaving me out of anything. He did some amazing jumps over Nick, some so high out of the water it seemed as if he paused at the top before elegantly landing inches from the side of Nicks board. He did this over and over, with each jump getting lower; it seemed as if the dolphin was pushing the limits until he was just barely clearing Nick. Keith was eager to try out the butterfly stroke again, and managed to keep it going a bit longer than the last swim, Fungie was leaping over him as he went.
Fungie’s precision is just amazing, he really is just inches from you when he jumps and lands. I sometimes feel that if I didn’t move away there are times he would surely smack me in the face, but, I feel there is a huge trust there on both sides, and so even though sometimes it feels too close, you never have any real cause to worry.
Suzanne Murtagh

Swimmers – Nick, Keith and Suzanne
Water time – 35 mins
Fungie time – 25 mins
Date Posted: 17/12/2001
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