11 interesting facts about the Adriatic Sea

There are many resorts on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, and it is not surprising – these lands are extremely picturesque, and the water is here warm, at least during the summer months. Once these waters were plied by Hellenic ships, now cruise ships, pleasure yachts and fishing trawlers predominate here. It is really very beautiful here, and it is definitely worth visiting the local beaches on occasion.

Interesting facts about the Adriatic Sea

  1. It washes the shores of six countries.
  2. Name this sea received in honor of the ancient port city of Adria. Nowadays, it is just a quiet and sleepy Italian town, which, moreover, is located more than 20 kilometers from the coast. It did not change its location, but two large local rivers here for two thousand years brought enough soil for the land to recapture two dozen kilometers from the Adriatic Sea.
  3. The area of ​​the Adriatic Sea is approximately twice the area of ​​Georgia (interesting facts about Georgia).
  4. In winter, the water temperature in it sometimes drops to +7 degrees.
  5. The transparency coefficient of the waters of the Adriatic Sea is one of the highest in the world. As many as 56 meters! An impressive fact.
  6. The distance from coast to coast in its widest part does not exceed 222 kilometers. Compared to the Pacific Ocean and the distance between the coasts of almost 20 thousand kilometers, this is quite a bit (interesting facts about the Pacific Ocean).
  7. There are several types of sharks that are not dangerous to humans. Giant sharks, harmless giants that are the second largest fish in the world, are also sometimes found.
  8. There are many dolphins in these waters.
  9. Surfers do not popular because of low tides, the height of which here rarely exceeds 1 meter.
  10. In 2014, such a rare natural phenomenon as a meteotsunami was observed here. This is a tsunami provoked not by seismic activity, but by meteorological conditions. It lasted about three hours, and the wave that hit the Croatian coast reached 2 meters in height. It would seem that this is not much, but let’s not forget that the destructive power of a tsunami lies in the fact that the entire water column comes into motion, and not just a few tens of meters of surface water, as is the case with a storm (interesting facts about tsunami).
  11. More than 750 different types of algae grow in the waters of this sea.
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