When the weather heats up outside, many people love to go swimming. Some people prefer swimming in a pool, while others prefer swimming in a lake or the ocean. Before you head out swimming this year, you should understand that not every body of water isn’t safe. Here are the top 40 places you should never ever swim.
The Boiling Lake
This lake is located in Dominica, and it is a hazardous place to swim. Under the surface of the water is scolding hot magma, which brings the temperature of the water to its boiling point. Getting into this water can result in death.
Jacob’s Well is located in south-central Texas. The lake is so crystal clear that you can see right to the bottom. Beneath the lake is a system of tunnels and caves. People love to explore the tunnels, but this can be dangerous. Navigating through the tunnels isn’t easy, and you can get lost before it is too late.
The Nile River
The Nile River is the last place that you want to swim. The river is full of alligators, and there are 100 attacks each year. There are also sharks in the Nile, and there are 16 attacks each year. This is a river that you should never, ever swim in.
Hanakapiai Beach is located in Hawaii, and it is one of the most dangerous beaches in the United States. The currents hidden under the waves can be deadly. Once you are dragged out away from the shore, you might never make it back.
Bubbly Creek is an area of the Chicago River that you should never swim in. The runoff from the lake makes its way to the river, and it contains discarded meat, fecal matter, and other nasty things. As these nasty things decay, it results in bubbly water. It is so toxic that fish and other animals cannot live in the river. This should tell you that it isn’t safe for you.
Thailand is a great vacation spot. The beaches are gorgeous, the food is fantastic, and the scenery is beautiful. There is a place in the water called the Samasean Hole. It is the deepest dive point in Thailand, and it can be extremely dangerous. It is easy to get lost down there because there is zero visibility. If you get confused, it can be deadly.
Lake Karachay is located in central Russia. It is also one of the most polluted lakes on the planet. The Russian government intentionally polluted it with toxic waste during a time where there were no regulations. The water is so contaminated that it could kill you within an hour. Steps are being taken to fill the lake in with concrete, which will keep the locals safe.
Eagle’s Nest Sink Hole
This sinkhole is located in Florida, and it is a dangerous dive. It goes down a staggering 300-feet, and at least ten people have died trying to dive down there over the years. There are warning signs posted everywhere near the hole.
Kipu Falls is a popular tourist destination, and it is also a dangerous area. Many tourists have drowned there, but it is not really known why. Many believe it is the waves, and the folklore says that the ancient god put hidden whirlpools in the falls, which sucks people down and they cannot get out.
The Amazon Basin
The Amazon Basin is loaded with some pretty dangerous creatures. There are piranhas and barracudas in the water that can attack. The most dangerous fish in the water is the candiru, which swims up to the urinary tract and eats the genitals. Ouch!
Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa. Each year, 5,000 people die there. The lake has its own isolated weather system, and it can go to sunny and bright to stormy without any warning. If the weather changes while you are swimming, you won’t get out alive.
Horseshoe Lake is in California, and there is a high presence of carbon dioxide there due to a series of earthquakes in the area. The flora in the region has died, as have many of the trees. This alone should be warning enough.
Rio Tinto is located in Spain, and the waters are so polluted that they are red. The area was once used as a mine, and the runoff seriously polluted the lake. The water can kill you instantly.
The Ganges River
The Ganges River is extremely polluted due to industrial plants in the area. It is one of the most dangerous bodies of water in India, and you should avoid swimming there at all costs.
Gansbaai is a body of water off the coast of South Africa. It is one of the most dangerous places because of the high presence of sharks. Getting in the water will inevitably result in a shark attack.
The Hoover Dam
It is illegal to swim in the Hoover Dam due to the dangers lurking in the water. The currents are so strong that you can be sucked down into the water, never to come back up.
The Citarum River is located in Indonesia, and it is incredibly polluted. People have filled the river with so much garbage that swimming can be deadly.
The Blue Lagoon is located in the UK, and it is deadly. The high pH level has alkalinity that can be compared to bleach or ammonia.
The Gulf Coast
Runoff from farming in central North America runs into the Gull Coast off the Southern United States. The waters have become so polluted that it is uninhabitable for many sea creates. It is also home to several dangerous snakes. This water is far too hazardous for swimming.
Reunion Island is located off the coast of Madagascar, and it the shark attack capital of the world. There have been 39 shark attacks in these waters, making it one of the most dangerous places for swimming.
The Strid is located in Yorkshire, England. The hidden currents are so strong that they can pull you to the bottom and underneath the rocks. When this happens, you won’t be able to get back to the surface, and drowning is inevitable.
Queensland is the second-largest territory in Australia, and it is perilous to swim there. It is home to plenty of dangerous fish, including sharks, saltwater crocodiles, blue-ringed octopi, and box jellyfish. Each of these creatures can kill you instantly.
Bolinas Beach, California
This beach is also known as the Red Triangle, and it a place where great whites like to feed. If you don’t want to be lunch, stay out of the water.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
This is another body of water that his home to plenty of sharks. If you don’t want to be the victim of an attack, stay far away from the water.
Victoria Falls in Zambia is home to one of the most amazing series of waterfalls. You should avoid swimming in the area because you can fall into “The Devil’s Pools,” which can suck you under the water.
The Potomac River runs through Maryland and West Virginia and is too dangerous for swimming. The rapids can easily pull you under the water, and it can be impossible to get back out.
West End, Grand Bahama Islands
Tiger Beach is located in the Grand Bahama Island, and it got its name due to the high abundance of tiger sharks. If you attempt to swim there, you can be putting your life at risk.
Lake Kivu is one of the most dangerous lakes on the planet. It is also known as the exploding lake because it can erupt due to an unstable volcano nearby. When it erupts, it releases high amounts of carbon dioxide, which is deadly.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is a popular tourist destination, and it can be very dangerous. Between the strong rip tides and the jellyfish that inhabit the water, swimming can be deadly.
Gulf Of Thailand
There is a high abundance of box jellyfish in the Gulf of Thailand, which is the most dangerous type of jellyfish. If you are stung, the shock can kill you.
Blue Lake is located in Kabardino-Balkaria in Russia. The color is a beautiful blue due to the high presence of hydrogen sulfide in the water. This lake is mysterious because nobody has ever seen the bottom. People say that it is home to strange sea creatures and swamp monsters.
Mono Lake In California
Mono Lake is just outside of Lake Tahoe. It is located near Los Angeles, and the pollution has made the water too toxic for swimming.
This word translates to “hot lagoon.” It is located near Costa Rica, and if you swim there, you can burn your flesh off. It is so dangerous that you need a permit just to go to the area surrounding the lake.
Lake Chagan, Kazakhstan
This lake is also known as Nuclear Lake. The lake is toxic because it was formed by the detonation of an underground Russian nuclear bomb.
Lake Nyos, Cameroon
This is a crater lake, and it was formed when an ancient asteroid crashed to the earth. There is extensive volcanic activity in the area, which can be deadly if it erupts. In August 1986, an eruption occurred and killed 1,700 people and killed 3,000 livestock animals. It is best to steer clear of the area.
The Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa is a place you never want to swim. There is a volcano in the area that contains the largest lava pit in the world. The lava emits high levels of deadly carbon dioxide.
Berkeley Pitt is located in Butte, Montana, and is a place you should never swim. The lake was once a copper mine, and now the water is extremely toxic. Just a few minutes in the water can be deadly.
The Beqa Lagoon is beautiful and deadly. It is home to many sharks, which cannot be seen until they surround you. This is one of the most dangerous bodies of water in Fiji.
Pustoye Lake in Siberia
This lake is dangerous, but scientists don’t know why. Sealife has a hard time existing there, which shows how dangerous these waters are.
Thanks to industrialization, this lake has become incredibly toxic. The lake was once pristine, and today, it is a literal cesspool. Locals have used the waters as a trash dump, which has caused toxic conditions.