Concern is deepening for Dingle's famous dolphin 'Fungie' who has not been seen for five days.
Kerry fishermen fear celebrated the dolphin may either be sick or has died after three days of intensive searching off Dingle failed to locate him.
Despite a reported sighting last Thursday morning, there has been no trace of Fungie in Dingle Bay on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Concern over his fate has even reached the Government as Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said he hoped Ireland's favourite dolphin would be found safe and well to offer "some good news" to the nation.
Eight boats conducted a search for a third day yesterday of extended waters around the west Kerry port where Fungie normally patrols his traditional patch of water.