|Type||natural saltwater lagoon|
|Ocean/sea sources||Indian Ocean|
|Max. length||4.13 miles (6.65 km)|
|Max. width||0.78 miles (1.26 km)|
|Surface area||3 km2 (1.2 sq mi)|
|Islands||many islands and islets|
Facing the Gulf of Aden, the lagoonal mangrove lies behind a barrier island. It is located northeast of Alula, the northernmost town in Somalia. The lagoon is surrounded by mangrove bushes, and appears to correspond with the "large laurel-grove called Acannae" described by the 1st century CE Periplus of the Erythraean Sea.
- Spalding, Mark; Kainuma, Mami; Collins, Lorna (2010). World Atlas of Mangroves. London: Earthscan. ISBN 1849776601.
- Chittick, Neville (1975). An Archaeological Reconnaissance of the Horn: The British-Somali Expedition. pp. 117–133.