Bay of Biscay


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Noun1.Bay of Biscay - an arm of the Atlantic Ocean in western EuropeBay of Biscay - an arm of the Atlantic Ocean in western Europe; bordered by the west coast of France and the north coast of Spain
Atlantic, Atlantic Ocean - the 2nd largest ocean; separates North and South America on the west from Europe and Africa on the east
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The autocrat of the North Atlantic was still oppressing his kingdom and its outlying dependencies, even as far as the Bay of Biscay, in the dismal secrecy of thick, very thick, weather.
His thoughts were still in the woods of Minstead and the old armory of Twynham Castle, when the hoarse voice of the master-shipman brought them back once more to the Bay of Biscay.
Already a hand short, and entering the Bay of Biscay with wild weather ahead, and yet last night another man lost, disappeared.
He only told me that it had not occurred in the Mediterranean, but on the other side of Southern France - in the Bay of Biscay. "But this is hardly the place to enter on a story of that kind," he observed, looking round at the room with a faint smile as attractive as the rest of his rustic but well-bred personality.
Having been thus harassed in my thoughts, my old pilot, to whom I communicated everything, pressed me earnestly not to go by sea, but either to go by land to the Groyne, and cross over the Bay of Biscay to Rochelle, from whence it was but an easy and safe journey by land to Paris, and so to Calais and Dover; or to go up to Madrid, and so all the way by land through France.
'Now,' said Jack Hopkins, 'just to set us going again, Bob, I don't mind singing a song.' And Hopkins, incited thereto by tumultuous applause, plunged himself at once into 'The King, God bless him,' which he sang as loud as he could, to a novel air, compounded of the 'Bay of Biscay,' and 'A Frog he would.' The chorus was the essence of the song; and, as each gentleman sang it to the tune he knew best, the effect was very striking indeed.
While the third syllable is in preparation, the band begins a nautical medley--"All in the Downs," "Cease Rude Boreas," "Rule Britannia," "In the Bay of Biscay O!"--some maritime event is about to take place.
Renowned wildlife biologist and broadcaster Lizzie Daly joined one of the Bay of Biscay cruises from Plymouth on 6th August and summed up her experience:
The course sees the fleet race up the Portuguese coast to the north-western tip of Spain before it heads across the Bay of Biscay to the Brittany coast of France.
The Bay of Biscay is especially important to a vast diversity of marine-life because beneath the waves of the bay, there are many deep water cliffs and canyons which create concentrated areas of food such as fish, squid and krill which in turn attracts larger marine mammals and seabirds.
On [Armstrong Whitworth] Whitleys [medium bombers], we used to do practice runs into the English Channel and into the Bay of Biscay. On the fourth trip, we lost an engine and crashed in the sea.
In the present study, researchers analysed marine sediment cores collected off Galicia in Spain and from the Bay of Biscay They used fossil pollen grains to characterise the temperatures on land and microscopic marine organisms called foraminifera to determine the temperature of the ocean.