Bay of Forrintia
The Bay of Forrintia (Baai van Forrintië) is a gulf of the Southsea. It lies along the southwestern coast of Forrintië from Furen west to the Forrintian border, along the coast of Triaquia and the eastern coast of the Gann Republic to Cape Pijl
The Bay of Forrintia is named after the Kingdom of Forrintië, which is the largest country that lies along the gulf. Its name in other languages is:
- High Astrasian: Baai van Forrintië
- Ingerish: Bay of Forrintia
- Franquese: Golfe de Forrintie
- Castellanese: Badia de Forrintia
- Cambric: Bae Fforintia
The continental shelf extends a relatively short distance into the bay, which results in deep waters and thus calm seas for which the region is known.
The Astrasia Stream enters the bay following the continental shelf's border anti-clockwise, keeping the temperature of both the water and atmosphere moderate all year long.
The Bay of Forrintia has been the site of several famous navy battles. The Forrintia Campaign of june 1811 consisted of a series of manoeuvres and two battles fought between the Forrintian Central Ocean Fleet and the Naobian White Sea Fleet near the mouth of the river Ewa during the tenth year of the Maurician War for Independence.
The Bay of Forrintia is famous for the abundance of cetaceans in its waters. Dolphin and Whale spotting excursions are organised from Rubenshaven and Westmonde. Volunteers and employees of the Bay of Forrintia Cetacean Research regularly observe and monitor cetacean activity from the bridge of the ships of the Forrintian Coastguard. Many species of whales and dolphins have their feeding and calving areas in the bay. Most importantly, it is one of the two places where the Astrasian Grey Whale, has been observed relatively frequently. The Astrasian Grey Whale was nearly hunted to extinction by the late 1700's and disappeared from the bay, but since 1970's the whale species have returned. It is believed that the bay has once again become an important area for calving of this species of Whale.
The best area to sea whales lie in the deep waters beyond the continental shelf, dolphins however can been found close to the shores and are even frequently spotted in the mouthes of the rivers that empty into the bay. The area is the best in the world for studying the South Sea Humpbacked Dolphin.