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Baffin Bay, lying between Nunavut, Canada and Greenland.
An iceberg at the edge of the Baffin Bay's sea ice.

Baffin Bay (French: Baie de Baffin) a sea connecting the Atlanticmarker and Arcticmarker oceans. It is 1,130 km (700 mi) across from north to south. It is not navigable most of the year because of the presence of large numbers of icebergs.


In 1585 British explorer, John Davis, was the first recorded European to enter the bay. William Baffin made five voyages to the Arctic and reached Baffin Bay in 1616. During these voyages it was proven that the Northwest Passage was not in the Hudson Baymarker area.

Baffin Bay was the epicenter of a 7.3 magnitude earthquake in 1933. See 1933 Baffin Bay earthquakemarker.


Fog over Baffin Bay
Baffin Bay is a leg of the Arctic Ocean bounded by Baffin Islandmarker in the west, Greenlandmarker in the east, and Ellesmere Islandmarker in the north. It connects to the Atlantic through Davis Straitmarker, and to the Arctic through several narrow channels of Nares Straitmarker. It is a northwestern extension of the North-Atlanticmarker and Labrador Seamarker. It can also be viewed as a long strait separating Baffin Island and Greenland.


About 120,000 Beluga whales live in Baffin Bay, eating small fish and crustaceans. They are at risk of being trapped in the ice and face other environmental concerns.

See also


  1. Discovery and Exploration of Canada
  2. Baffin Bay PDF
  3. Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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