A dolphin is a man-made marine structure that extends above the water level and is not connected to shore.
Dolphins are usually installed to provide a fixed structure when it would be impractical to extend the shore to provide a dry access facility. Typical uses include extending a berth (a berthing dolphin) or providing a point to moor to (a mooring dolphin). Dolphins are also used to display regulatory information like speed limits etc, other information like advertising or directions and navigation information like a daybeacon as well as ranges and lighted aids to navigation.

Funnily, a structure like this is known here as a “duc d’Albe”. It is said to be named after the duke of Alba (Il duca d’Alba), a Spanish army commander who is supposed to be the fist to have used a structure like this in the battles against the Netherlands during the 1570’s.

The Harbour Round Trip Collection:



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Seagull Island:

Harbour Bench:

Kuwait 10:

The Northwind:


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  • Ell-on-Wheels
    Ell-on-Wheelsabout 4 years ago

    Just love it, fav’d!! :-)

  • Thank you very much, Ell-on-Wheels. Thanks also a lot for the favouriting. I’m honoured.

    – Kofoed

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot Keld – and I did enjoy your description. I had no idea there was anything but a mammal dolphin! Very educational.

  • Me neither, Rosalie. Until today, that is.
    Thanks very much for your kind comments, they are very much appreciated.

    – Kofoed

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteabout 4 years ago

    As Rosalie says: very educational…we have several buoys in the sea to indicate the passage for boats…they usually are white and red and I think lit at night

  • Thank you so very much, Gilberte. Most kind of you.

    – Kofoed

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture and information Keld! :))

  • Thank you very much, Kylie. Most kind of you.

    – Kofoed

  • Þórdis B.
    Þórdis B.about 4 years ago

    Bauja in Icelandic Keld :) Great photo, love the composition!

  • Thank you very much, Thordis. Nice to know :-)

    – Kofoed

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful “silent” mood – great work Keld .o)

  • Thank you so very much, Kira. Most kind of you.

    – Kofoed

  • Jadon
    Jadonabout 4 years ago

    Lovely shot Keld…

  • Thanks a lot, Jason. Much appreciated, mate.

    – Kofoed

  • barkeypf
    barkeypfabout 4 years ago

    Wonderfully composed and taken Keld.

  • Thank you so very much, Paul. Much appreciated, mate.

    – Kofoed

  • Kofoed
    Kofoedabout 4 years ago

    Thank you very much to MsCAgius for favouriting this. An honour to me.

  • loiteke
    loitekeabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you very much, Meeli. Most kind of you.

    – Kofoed

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