Baffin Bay is a very large body of water, approximately 1,130 km (700 miles) from north to south, connecting the Arctic Ocean
in the north with the Atlantic Ocean
in the south. Baffin Bay is primarily bounded by Greenland
to the east, Ellesmere Island
to the northwest, and Baffin Island
to the southwest. The bay is largely impassable to ships for much of the year due to ice, and even when parts of the bay are clear ships must beware of a great number of treacherous icebergs
carried south through the bay by the Labrador Current
Baffin Bay was first entered by British explorer John Davis in 1585, but he did not stay long enough to recognize that it was in fact a bay. The bay derives its current name from another British explorer, William Baffin, who much more fully explored the bay in 1616.