Bay of Biscay

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Biscay, Bay of

Biscay, Bay of (bĭsˈkā), arm of the Atlantic Ocean, indenting the coast of W Europe from Ushant island (Île d'Ouessant) off Brittany, NW France, to Cape Ortegal, NW Spain. The bay is noted for its sudden, severe storms and its strong currents. The rocky northeastern and southern coasts of Biscay are irregular with many good harbors; numerous offshore islands are there. The southeastern shore is straight and sandy. The chief ports are Brest, Saint-Nazaire, La Rochelle, and Bayonne in France and San Sebastián, Bilbao, and Santander in Spain. Nantes and Bordeaux, at the head of the Loire and Garonne estuaries, respectively, in France, are also reached by oceangoing ships. There are several resorts along the French coast, notably Biarritz. The bay has important fishing and oyster grounds.
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There was five of us in the aircraft and I was the only survivor I spent three days in a dinghy, in the Bay of Biscay, off the coast of Spain.
Anchovy fishing was banned in 2005 in the Bay of Biscay to protect the species, stocks of which had dropped to alarmingly low levels.
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"The really harrowing bit was the Bay of Biscay when I had to ride out a force 9 gale," said Tom.
The huge volumes of water released from the lake created a mega-flood which flowed from the North Sea into the Bay of Biscay, gouging a channel deep enough to form a permanent natural barrier separating Britain from Europe when sea levels rose between ice ages, according to Professor Gibbard.
Mr Williams was on the Ciudad de Barcelona, which was torpedoed in the Bay of Biscay by fascist planes.
The pals were crossing the Bay of Biscay in pounds 100 million super ferry, the Pont-Aven when it was struck by a Force 10 gale.
The glass-fronted bars - glorious goldfish bowls of sophistication in the sunshine - are lashed like the portholes on a Bay of Biscay ferry, its passengers gloomily contemplating the prospect of an hour waiting for the stewards to announce the inevitable.
Cunliffe illumines this dimly lit epoch when he suggests that these hitherto self-contained Atlantic communities made contact with eastern ones by river routes, like the Rhone-Paris Basin-Loire and those leading to the North Sea and Bay of Biscay. That such transmission belts for gold, silver, amber, and faience existed fills gaps in our knowledge of the Mycenaean world of the third and second millennia BC.
One of the other two flights carried competition winners from Edinburgh and the other flew invited guests on a loop of the Bay of Biscay.
And, anyway, I'm not going to head for anywhere terribly dangerous, such as the Bay of Biscay."
It is helping to breathe life into this old seaport city on the Bay of Biscay. The giant "Puppy" sculpture of steel, earth, and blossoming flowers greets visitors at the entrance of the museum.