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The Sea of Azov

The Sea of Azov is the shallowest sea in the world, reaching maximum depths of just 14 metres – less than three times the average depth of a diving pool.

The Sea of Azov is home to the longest spit in the world: the Arabat Spit on the sea’s southwest coast is 112km long and between 200m and 8km wide.

Around 600 species of algae, which are simple-celled plants, have been found in the Sea of Azov; algal blooms are so large they can be seen from space.

In the summer of 2012, the Sea of Azov experienced a rare algal bloom which turned the water in one of the sea’s northern bays blood red.

The Sea of Azov’s coastline has been continuously inhabited for some 8,000 years by numerous groups, from the Greeks to the Russians and Ukrainians today.

The Sea of Azov is known for its health benefits and numerous spas and health resorts have been set up along its shores for tourists and locals.

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