The Black Sea is a famous inland sea that borders Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It was labeled as inhospitable for the longest time because of the frequent storms sailors would experience when traveling through it. Today, hundreds of ships have passed through the Black Sea, delivering food and other raw materials to various parts of the world, and it’s also a prominent tourist attraction. Continue reading to find out more cool facts about the Black Sea.

1. Jason Statham Almost Died at the Black Sea

When filming a scene for the Expendables 3 at the Black Sea, Jason Statham nearly drowned due to a truck accident. According to actor Sylvester Stallone, who was on the scene, Jason was steering a truck when its brakes failed. The vehicle plunged 60 ft into the Black Sea. Fortunately, its doors had been removed, making it easier for Jason to swim out.

2. There is a Dead Zone at The Black Sea with 60 Preserved Shipwrecks

As aforementioned, the Black Sea was initially considered inhospitable because of the many storms it experienced. Proof lies beneath the ocean, where 60 shipwrecks have been perfectly preserved. The area, famously known as the Dead Zone, is home to ships dating back to the era of Alexander the Great and the Roman Trading Vessels. It’s here that scientists discovered a Greek Trading ship that is 2,400 years old!

3. Only a Small Part of the Black Sea Has Oxygen

Scientists have discovered that in the Black Sea, oxygen is only present in the upper layers; there is no oxygen below the depth of 230 feet to the edge. The oxygen available in the upper layers comes from the rivers that flow into the Black Sea, leaving the rest labeled as anoxic water.

4. All Blue-Eyed People Can Be Traced from One Ancestor Who Lived Near the Black Sea

Professor Hans Eiberg from the University of Copenhagen published a study discussing the origin of the mutation of blue eyes. According to him, people with these eyes can traced to an ancestor who lived near the black sea more than 10,000 years ago. He further states that the OCA2 gene is responsible for the mutation that changed the original brown color of human eyes into blue.

5. Some Circassians Don’t Eat Fish Because Their Ancestors Were Thrown into the Black Sea

During the Great Circassian Exile, the people of Northwestern Caucasia were evicted from their homeland by Russian forces. Those who fought back were killed and dumped in the Black Sea. To date, many Circassians don’t eat fish because they believe that the fish ate their ancestors.

6. It Wasn’t Always Called the Black Sea

The Black Sea was initially known as Pontus Axeinus, which meant “inhospitable sea”. The name was coined by Ancient Greeks who believed the sea was inhospitable due to strong winds and storms. However, as colonies started exploring the sea and seeing it was favorable for human navigation, the name was changed to the Black Sea. Before it was called Pontus Axeinus, the Hattians called it the Sea of Zalpa.

7. Scientists Discovered an Undersea River in the Black Sea

In August 2010, scientists from the University of Leeds discovered an undersea river along the seabed of the Black Sea. It is the first of its kind and possesses the traits of ordinary watercourses. It is 37 miles long and 35m deep. More interestingly, the underwater river contains waterfalls, floodplains, and riverbanks. Scientists are still exploring it using sonar scanning.

8. Natives of Turkey Eastern Black Sea Use a Whistling Bird Language

Because of the mountainous terrains, the natives of Turkey’s Eastern Black Sea developed a whistling bird language. The variation, which resembles whistling as its names suggest, helps farmers communicate over long distances. Unfortunately, the United Nations declared the language endangered because there are less than 10,000 speakers left.

9. The Black Sea is the Most Isolated Sea on Earth

Looking at the geographical locations of other seas, the black sea is the most isolated, making it highly susceptible to land-based human activity. However, small connections exist between the Black Sea and other water bodies. For instance, the Bosphorus connects it to the Mediterranean Ocean.

10. Some Believe the Black Sea was the Resting Place of the Biblical Noah’s Ark

Several marine biologists have alleged that the Black Sea was a freshwater lake 7,000 years ago. Its depth rose due to floods caused by the Mediterranean Sea. Over time, some people have linked the floods to the ones described in the Bible. They also believe it’s where the Noah’s Ark landed.

11. There is a Snake Island in the Black Sea

There is a snake island in the Black Sea that belongs to Ukraine after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. It has two other names: Zmiinyi Island and Serpent Island. In the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, Russia has made a claim to this island.

12. The Black Sea is a Popular Tourist Destination

Despite all the mystery surrounding the Black Sea, it remains a popular destination. Several cruise stakeholders go through the Black Sea from April to October every year. Often on board are historians explaining the origin of the sea itself and much more.

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Last Update: May 1, 2024