- the part of the Gulf Stream which extends from the Florida Strait to Cape Hatteras.
* * *swift surface oceanic current flowing northward, following the shallow continental slope between the Straits of Florida and Cape Hatteras. Emerging from the Caribbean Sea, carrying about 880,000,000 cubic feet (25,000,000 cubic m) of water per second, the Florida Current is joined by the Antilles Current, which transports approximately 420,000,000 cubic feet (approximately 11,893,000 cubic m) per second. Florida Current water is recognized by its low salinity and temperatures above 44° F (6.5° C).
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