one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish

posted by missmsian

Black Sea. Red Sea. White Sea.

That's racist! (Just kidding.)

Am I the only one who didn’t know that the north part of the East China Sea is known as the “Yellow Sea”? Apparently … because here are records of the sea’s properties and significant events in its history:

WWF: “The semi-enclosed Yellow (Huanghai) Sea … is one of the largest shallow areas of continental shelf in the world. Although warm currents are present, the water becomes cold and rough during monsoons and some sections turn into ice fields in the winter.”

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names lists “Yellow Sea” as the body of water’s official name, with “Huanghai Sea” as a variant. Of course, “huang” is yellow and “hai” is sea in Mandarin, which makes the second “Sea” redundant, but we can’t expect the U.S. to know.

There appears to be some debate over its name, as the U.S.’s federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agency refers to the body of water as the “West Sea.” Figures!

On August 10, 1904, a Russian fleet stalled at Port Arthur by the Japanese navy’s blockade since February of that year tried to join up with another Russian fleet, starting the Battle of the Yellow Sea during the Russo-Japanese War.

Condensed version of snorefest (sorry, not a military history junkie): the seven-hour battle took a turn when Japanese Admiral Heihachiro Togo fired … something … into the flagship Tsesarevich, killing the admiral on board. The short of it is that 6 Russian battleships, 4 cruisers and 14 destroyers left Port Arthur. Five battleships, 1 cruiser and 9 destroyers made it back. The aftermath? In December of the same year, the Japanese brought heavy artillery to Port Arthur and sank or damaged the remaining ships. Ouch.

Japan 1, Russia 0. (Looks like a World Cup score. Oh wait … Russia wasn’t even in the top 32.)

And there you have it. Things you and I didn’t know about the Yellow Sea.

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