Taman Bay - the confluence of two seas
Sometimes you just wonder how nature could create on its own, without the help of man and modern machines, unique natural objects. Some will think that there is nothing supernatural in natural monuments, zones and sights, they should be treated as a given. Oceans, seas, bays, mountains, waterfalls, deserts - all this, in their subjective opinion, is mundane.
However, it is worth noting that for most people on the planet everything that surrounds us and created by nature is seen as unique, divine, beautiful and delightful. Today we will talk about the Taman Bay - the place where the two seas miraculously joined together. Let us reveal the secret concerning the water in this unique place, let's talk about the bottom, which is completely covered with grass, and tell about how tourists and residents of the Taman Peninsula speak about the bay.
A little geographic reference
Taman Bay is located very close to the Krasnodar Territory on the peninsula of the same name.The Taman Peninsula lies between two seas, beloved by many Russian tourists and not only Azov and Black, in the waters of the Kerch Strait. By the way, the Azov Sea has recently turned into a resort area, because many tourists could see in a salt oasis a great place to spend summer holidays. The center of the peninsula is the city of Temryuk - the administrative unit of the Krasnodar Territory. Speaking about the main city of the Taman Peninsula, I would like to note that it is quite ancient. The date of its foundation is 1556, and in fact many cities of Russia begin their countdown from the 17th, and even from the 18th century.
The Taman Bay itself is small: its length is about 16 km, and the entry point stretched for 8 km. It is worth saying that the depth here reaches 5 meters. The Taman Peninsula is dominated by lowlands. In some places, huge estuaries were formed (natural oases where the soil sags below sea level). However, these reservoirs, despite their dimensions (length of 7 km or more), are quite shallow.
Settlements scattered around the perimeter of the bay
Taman Bay accommodates on its banks several significant settlements: Taman itself, the village of the Wave of Revolution, Haymarket, Jubilee, Primorsky and Garkusha.This place has never been and now is not a favorite area for tourists. According to some unofficial data, about 50-100 thousand people come to every settlement of the peninsula over the entire summer period. This figure seems ridiculous along with the number of visits to the Black Sea resorts in our country.
In Soviet times, such an influx of tourists to the Taman Bay deprived many local residents of food, because food was brought to the settlements based on the number of local residents. However, no one suffered from hunger, because in each house there were subsidiary farms. Now many local residents will be happy to provide visitors with housing for a minimal fee.
Salty or freshwater?
Many people are interested in the question of how much water is in the Taman Bay. The definite answer is salty, although quite recently it was possible to argue with this, and for what reason. Since there are two seas in the bay: the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea, and the water area of the bay is mainly located on the Sea of Azov, the conclusion suggests itself. The Sea of Azov is considered more fresh, although it cannot be named completely devoid of salt, and the Black Sea is known to be salty.
Freshwater fish live in the Sea of Azov, and it is considered to be one of the richest in catch places in the country. This is due to the fact that the sea has a huge number of river tributaries. Once upon a time Taman Bay, the photo of which can be seen in the article, had more fresh water and was famous among fishermen. Over time, the water from the Black Sea increasingly flowed into the bay, mixing there and taking out freshwater fish. Now it is almost there, but it added tourists. Perhaps, they now consider the bay as completely Black Sea because of its salinity.
The bottom of the Taman Bay is completely covered with grass. It may seem surprising, but she miraculously adapted herself to the water and feels fine there. Many tourists at first are frightened by this tickling feeling that accompanies them during entry into the water. The place where there is no grass growing on the bottom is a trampled wide spit. Such smooth bottom surfaces are formed in places of mass accumulation of swimmers.
Another unique feature of the bottom of the Taman Bay is the presence of fragments of ancient earthen jars and amphoras among grass, coarse sand and pebbles. For archaeologists such small pieces of lost relics are of no value.However, the fact that the brown remnants of antiquity lie beneath their feet makes the place truly unique. By the way, many people want to know which sea is the Taman gulf. More precisely, can it be considered part of some sea? So, despite the fact that the bay mostly lies in the Sea of Azov, many consider it to be the confluence of two seas: the aforementioned and the Black.
Why are many now relaxing in the waters of the Kerch Strait?
Due to the fact that nowadays many people prefer to relax from the bustle of cities and large metropolitan areas just by the sea, but at the same time they spend their holidays in a new place, enjoying unexplored impressions, a huge number of tourists discovered the Tamansky Bay. Reviews that are found on the Internet, are full of positive remarks and assurances to go there next year. Tourists are attracted by the uncrowdedness of the bay and the amazing beauty of the steep coast.