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Day 12 Gibraltar

Gibraltar - the ‘Rock’, a tiny British outpost with significant strategic importance.

Only 7 miles from Africa and guarding the entrance to the Mediterranean, this is an unusual place - Costa Del Sol meets UK high street - very hot with familiar shops along the high street.

Our planned trip today is a Dolphin watching trip and things bode well as we are greeted by a few dolphins on our approach to the harbour.

The trips into the bay is frustrating as there is no sign of any sea life - but then the boat’s crew spot a pod of dolphins - perhaps a hundred in number.

We are treated to the spectacle of new born dolphins (24 hours old) cruising and jumping with their mothers.

The boat captain, a dolphin experts, explains and then demonstrates how dolphins love to surf a ships bow wave - this gives us superb views and a experiences seeing the dolphins surfing then breaking out of the wave.

A memorable trip.

On return we explored the town of Gibraltar - seeing many of the old defenses  and observing, that being short of space, new and old mingle and intertwine to the extent that some of the old defense walls now form the lower parts of other buildings. A fascinating destination.

The sail away was a patriot British affair with Union Jacks being waved and Rule Britannia being sung, this a precursor to the evening show (perhaps). Entitled the British Invasion this was the premier performance of   a show celebrating the British Pop invasion of the USA from Acker Bilk to present day - but much of the 60’s.

A we sail away we get splendid views of North Africa and Tangers - so very close.

 

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The Rock

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Close up

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Mother and Calf

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Common Dolphin

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Crest of a wave

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Pod

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Jump

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Close encounter

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Surfing

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Leaping

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Breaching a wave

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Wave Riding

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Mother and Baby

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Pims in the sun

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Africa

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Touching 2 Continents

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Show Openning

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The Show

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Show

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