bight has two meanings.
- A bend or curve in the line between land and water.
- Alternatively, the term can refer to a large bay.
- It is distinguished from a sound by being shallower.
- Traditionally explorers defined a bight as a bay.
Most popular bights are;
The Great Australian Bight
- Large bight.
- The coast line is characterised by;
-ideal for whale-watching.
- The waters of the Great Australian Bight, despite being relatively shallow, are not fertile.
- Great Australian Bight receives very little of the runoff that fertilises most continental shelves.
The Bight of Benin
- Located on the western African coast.
- From Cape St. Paul to the Nun outlet of the Niger River.
- The bight is part of the Gulf of Guinea.
- The Republic of Benin and this bight were both named after the Benin Empire.
- Which expanded greatly after the arrival of European powers and turned into a global trade with the colonization of the Americas.
- Southeastern bight of the North Sea bounded by the Netherlands & Germany to the south
- The Bight contains the Frisian and Danish Islands.
- The Wadden Sea is approximately10to 12 km wide at the location of the German Bight.
- Now referred to as German Bight.
The Heligoland Bight
- The southern part of the German Bight
- Located at the mouth of the Elbe river
- From the mouth of the River Elbe to the islands of Heligoland
- Lies between the East Frisian island of Wangerooge & the North Frisian peninsula of Eiderstedt.
- The bight is up to 56 metres deep.
The New York Bight
- A slight indentation along the Atlantic coast of the United States.
- Extending northeasterly from Cape May Inlet in New Jersey to Montauk Point on the eastern tip of Long Island.
- The sea floor of the bight consists largely of continental shelf.
- Formed by the Hudson River during the ice ages.
The South Taranaki Bight
- From the south coast of Taranaki in New Zealand's North Island.
- The size of the bight depends to a large extent on the Kaupokonui Stream of Mount
- Taranaki to the mouth of the Patea River.
- Bounded by the coasts of the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Great Britain.
- The Southern Bight is south west of the German Bight and the Wadden Sea.
- The North Sea similar to the Atlantic ocean.