Did you know that...

We have for you many curiosities, some of them will surely surprise you.

    We have for you many curiosities, some of them will surely surprise you.
    
  • Do you know that Francis Beaufort, the British navy officer, created a scale in 1806 that was afterwards called the Beaufort scale, when he was counting sails that he took down during intensifying wind?

    This scale is designed to describe the wind intensity, but nowadays its degree is established while observing the sea surface and assessing type of waves with no particular measuring equipment. This activity is done only on the full sea. Formerly, the scale did not described speed of wind, but comprised quantitative characteristics in range from 0 to 12, starting from steer navigability to the level of demand for all sails’ roll.

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  • Do you know that the inhabitants of Pomerelia have their own individual Kashubian language?

    Kashubians, the West Slavic ethnic group inhabiting Pomerelia and party Western Pomerania comprises of so called borderland population, which lived for centuries on territories switching its national dependency.  Many of Kashubians went under Germanization or Polonization process.

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  • Do you know that the Baltic Sea is one of the most polluted seas in the world?

    Two conventions were signed in 70s, on fisheries and living resources of the Baltic and Belts protection, nevertheless our sea is still highly polluted. Such a state results from construction of drainage ditches, intensive industrialization, development and creation of new cities and local sewage and wastes. Fortunately, there are regions where the condition of our sea is improving. Bay of Puck is one of them. Crayfish, which escaped long ago as they prefer clean environment, now return back.

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  • Do you know that there are dolphins’ relatives in the Baltic Sea?

     
    These are porpoises that are endangered – there is no more than 1000 individuals present. Reduction of pollution, noise and amount of nets or protective periods for the females during the pregnancy can help to save these animals. If you found a living or dead porpoise on the beach, ask your parents to immediately contact the marine station in Hel or the sea emergency service.

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  • Do you know that the Baltic storms are dangerous for seafaring?

    Formation of short and steep waves favours accidents. A typical wave height is 6 meters, but throughout very strong storms it can reach almost 10 meters. During recent years three large ferries sunk: January 14, 1993 Polish ‘Jan Hevelius’, September 28, 1994 Estonian ‘Estonia’, November 1, 2006 Swedish MS Finnbirch.
     
     

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  • Do you know that the Baltic Sea water level is higher than in the Atlantic Sea and the North Sea?

    It results from the inland location of this sea. Full equalization of water levels is not possible, because the water exchange through narrow Danish straits is too weak. Water accumulates in the straits dependent on the wind direction. The height of Baltic Sea waters is shaped by the sea flows, which are couple centimetres deep.

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  • Do you know that the Baltic Sea is full of wrecks?

    There are over 1000 wrecks in the Baltic Sea. Those threatening to the seafaring are marked on maps or removed with explosives. After the II World War there was a dozen or so sunken ships and warships in the area of harbours’ entrances. Some of them are equipped with dangerous charges, which are gradually removed by the Polish Navy.
    Some wrecks are available for divers, but there are also such that are not allowed for visits, not because of a danger, but due to the memory of fallen – these are the places established as war cemeteries.

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  • Do you know that the Gotland Island located at the Baltic Sea is called the treasure Island?

    The Gotland belonging to Sweden, the biggest island of the Baltic Sea, has been considered an enchanted place, which is hidden during the day. The treasures had been often buried there, because the owners had not expected it to be found. Most of the Viking treasures have been found right here!