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Boats on the Bosphorus looking towards the Asian side. Taken somewhere between Arnavutkoy and Bebek on the European side. From Turkish Heritage Travel:

Its English name “Bosporus“ comes from mythology. Zeus had an affair with a beautiful woman named Io. When Hera, his wife, discovered his infidelity, she turned Io into a cow and created a horsefly to sting her on the rump. Io jumped clear across the strait.

Thus bous = cow,
and poros = crossing-place:
Bosporus = “crossing-place of the cow.”

From Wikipedia: "The name comes from Greek Bosporos (Βόσπορος), which the ancient Greeks analysed as bous βοῦς 'ox' + poros πόρος 'means of passing a river, ford, ferry', thus meaning 'ox-ford', which is a reference to 'Io' from Greek mythology who was transformed into a cow and condemned to wander the earth until she crossed the Bosphorus where she met Prometheus. It has been known since before the 20th century that the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara flow into each other in an example of a density flow and in August 2010 a continuous 'underwater channel' of suspension composition was discovered to flow along the floor of the Bosphorus which would be the sixth largest river on Earth if it were to be on land. The study of the water and wind erosion of the straits relates to that of its formation. Sections of the shore have been reinforced with concrete or rubble and sections of the strait prone to deposition are periodically dredged."

The Mediterranean is saltier and the water is heavier than the Black Sea so the lighter, less salty water of the Black Sea floats on top, creating whirlpools and strong currents.

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