Bay of Pigs
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The Bay of Pigs (Spanish: Bahía de los Cochinos) is an inlet of the Gulf of Cazones located on the southern coast of Cuba. By 1910, it was included in Santa Clara Province, and then instead to Las Villas Province by 1961, but in 1976, it was reassigned to Matanzas Province, when the original six provinces of Cuba were re-organized into 14 new Provinces of Cuba.
|Bay of Pigs|
|Native name||Bahía de los Cochinos (Spanish)|
|Etymology||Cochino meaning both "pig" and "triggerfish"|
|Part of||Gulf of Cazones|
|Ocean/sea sources||Caribbean Sea|
|Max. length||max. 27 km (17 mi)|
|Max. width||max. 10 km (6.2 mi)|
|Surface area||200 km2 (77 sq mi)|
|Shore length1||87 km (54 mi)|
|Max. temperature||29 °C (84 °F)|
|Min. temperature||22 °C (72 °F)|
|Settlements||Playa Girón, Playa Larga|
|1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.|
The bay is historically important for the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion of 1961. The area is a site known for its diving, with an abundance of marine fauna, e.g. 30 species of sponges belonging to 19 families and 21 genera, to be found in the bay.