Maupertuis Bay facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsMaupertuis Bay
|Location||Flinders Chase, South Australia|
|Primary inflows||Rocky River|
|Max. length||13 kilometres (8.1 mi)|
|Max. width||about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi)|
|Average depth||30–60 metres (98–197 ft)|
It faces to the south-west and extends for a distance of about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) from an unnamed headland in the north-west to Cape du Couedic in the south-east. Its coastline is located within the locality of Flinders Chase.
Maupertuis Bay was named after mathematician and philosopher Pierre Louis Maupertuis by the French explorer Nicolas Baudin.
On 24 April 1899, the Scottish barque Loch Sloy was wrecked off the coast from Maupertuis Bay resulting in the deaths of all but three crew and passengers.
Since 2012, the waters of the bay have been located within a "habitat protection zone" with the Western Kangaroo Island Marine Park which is managed by the Government of South Australia.
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