The Bay of Bengal is an enormous water body, and is the largest bay on the planet.
This was formed 120 million years ago as a result of the Gondwana split.
It is home to the largest mangroves and the longest beach in the World.
The earth has 64 large marine ecosystems and the Bay of Bengal is one of them.
Important rivers of India and Bangladesh flow into the Bay of Bengal. One such is the river Ganga.
It has prominent island groups, some with active volcanoes.
The Bay of Bengal experiences a monsoon type climate and deadly cyclones.
Significant petroleum and natural gas reserves have been discovered in the Bay of Bengal.
The Bay of Bengal plays a vital role in global geopolitics due to its strategic geographical location in Southeast Asia.
The Bay of Bengal coastline is dotted with more than 16 major ports.
It is mentioned in ancient maritime manuals of sailors and medieval manuscripts.
Some call the Bay of Bengal another Bermuda triangle, and is a site of numerous shipwrecks.
More than 6 million tonnes of seafood including shrimp, crabs, prawns, tuna and small fish are caught in its waters.