Russia’s Taganrog Bay in the Sea of Azov – May 25th, 200947.0N 38.6E
Taganrog Bay or Taganrog Gulf is the northeastern arm of the Sea of Azov. At its northeast end is the mouth of the Don River. The bay is about 140 km long and 31 km wide at its mouth, with a median depth of about 5 m.
Its mouth is marked by the Dolgaya Spit to the south and the Belosaray Spit (Belosarayskaya Spit) to the north. It abounds in sandy spits that partly enclose shallow bays. The bay also contains the Sandy Isles.
It is generally frozen from December to May, although here it has already thawed completely. It is fed by the Don, Kalmius, Mius and Yeya Rivers.
Here, the waters of the bay appear greenish in color due to an algal bloom. Much of the Sea of Azov is characterized by intensive and rather long-term blooming periods. The tolerance of algae to salinity changes precisely defines the boundaries of their distribution in the sea and the Bay of Taganrog.