"Im sure thats the way down the monkeys go under the sea to Africa when they die the ships out far like chips that was the Malta boat passing yes the sea and the sky you could do what you liked lie there for ever he caressed them outside they love doing that its the roundness there I was leaning over him with my white rice straw hat to take the newness out of it" (U18.793)

A popular belief holds that that Gibraltar is linked to Africa by a subterranean passage over 15 miles (24 km) long which begins at Lower St. Michael's Cave and passes under the Strait of Gibraltar; presumably this is the way the Barbary Macaques entered The Rock from Morocco.