(ORDO NEWS) — So many beaches on the planet only look idyllic on the outside, but in reality they are death traps.
Visiting such places is quite risky for human life, but it is difficult to give the title of “the most dangerous beach in the world” to a particular location. And the danger on them varies depending on the location on the map and the threats they pose.
Local flora and fauna, people, climate and even the shadows of the past are the sources of such an unfriendly attitude towards strangers, turning beautiful beaches into dangerous places.
Based on a variety of root causes, Popular Mechanics has compiled 5 picturesque coastal areas where you are sure to be eaten or killed in some other way.
Forbidden Island Sentinel – a dangerous place for guests
The inhabitants of this island – the Sentinelese – are quite aggressive towards strangers, thanks to which the shores of their island almost always fall into the top of the most dangerous beaches in the world
In the Bay of Bengal of the Indian Ocean, among the Andamam archipelago, there is a small paradise island – North Sentinel. Perhaps, here is the most dangerous beach in the world, which has become so because of the actions of the local population.
To get to it, you have to work hard. Not a single local fisherman will simply transport anyone there just like that. But even if someone manages to find himself there, having bribed the fisherman, as soon as the traveler steps on the sand of the island, the boat will rush to hell with enviable speed.
The answer is simple – most likely the guest will not be able to walk even a dozen meters, as he will be riddled with real arrows. Moreover, he will not even see the evil border guards, they will attack from the jungle, covertly and without warning.
One of the most inhospitable peoples on Earth lives here – the Sentinelese. No one knows how many of them are actually on the island and why they are so aggressive. Presumably, the natives still do not use fire, and hostility is associated with extremely negative experiences in the past.
In this region, the British colonialists did not behave in the most respectful way and formed a negative attitude towards all outsiders, especially the pale-faced, among the locals.
India, under whose jurisdiction the Northern Sentinel is located, respects the right of its inhabitants to privacy and does not attempt to somehow assimilate them, which leaves the coastal areas of the island one of the most dangerous beaches in the world.
The world’s most dangerous shark beach is perfect for a post-apocalyptic festival
The Skeleton Coast is rightfully one of the most dangerous beaches with sharks, but it’s not only marine predators that you should be afraid of here
Southern Africa is the perfect location for filming the next Mad Max movie or hosting a crazy festival. If Burning Man hadn’t been held in Black Rock, it would have been located on the Skeleton Coast. But there are also a couple of minor nuances.
These sands are so lifeless that any proteinaceous form of life becomes a potential food for several predators at once. Lions, jackals and hyenas wander here, and the waters around are teeming with sharks. It would seem, what are so many carnivores to do here?
They are attracted by seals, which, in turn, feed on fish, since there are plenty of them in coastal waters. So, at least for them, the Skeleton Coast can rightly be called the most dangerous beach in the world.
But even if people are here and can get lost in the crowd of numerous marine mammals near the water, they will still face inevitable death from dehydration. There are no sources of fresh moisture for many tens of kilometers around, and rain happens every few years.
Undoubtedly, the surroundings here are very picturesque: endless sands, a stormy ocean and the skeletons of wrecked ships. However, even an attempt to get here can cost a life. Dangerous places surround the Skeleton Coast from almost everywhere.
From the side of the continent, the path will lie through not the most friendly countries, where armed conflicts regularly occur. And from the sea it is better not to even try.
The broken hulls of ships lie here for a reason – many of them were knocked off course by the cold current and frequent fogs, and then ran into the underwater rocks. By the way, sailing away from the shore in a small boat (for example, a boat) is almost impossible due to the constant strong surf. And sharks.
The slowest death on the dangerous beaches of Bikini
Two nuclear explosions on the Bikini Atoll have made local coastlines the most dangerous man-made beaches in history
In the western part of the Pacific Ocean there are many coral islands – atolls. They have a bizarre shape, are covered with sand that is pleasant to the touch and, in general, outwardly they are the personification of paradise.
In addition, one cannot help but be impressed by the fruits of thousands of years of work of marine life, who literally laid down their lives to create this beauty.
Nevertheless, some of the atolls have the most dangerous beaches in the world, and for various reasons. One of these islands bears the tempting name of Bikini. By the way, it was in honor of several very incendiary beach “parties” that the famous two-piece swimsuit got its name.
They were incendiary in the truest sense of the word. The events were carried out by the US military and led to the fact that it is better not to walk on the local sand without clothes covering the whole body.
A little over sixty years ago, the last of 67 nuclear tests was conducted on Bikini, but even after such a period, being there is a dubious undertaking – the dangerous beaches of the atoll are still harmful.
Depending on the place of sampling, the radiation background here can exceed six times the maximum allowed for a long stay of a person. Undoubtedly, such a dose will not kill a tourist instantly, but will provide a whole bunch of cancers in the coming years.
The most dangerous thing is to breathe the dust raised from the surface, because getting into the lungs, radioactive particles will have a much greater impact on the internal organs.
Possibly even worse than death
Dangerous places that have become so due to environmental disasters lie in wait around the globe
Not all terribly dangerous beaches are located in exotic countries, some are quite in Europe. The picturesque coast of Great Britain near the village of States can attract many tourists.
But because of its popularity, as well as “thanks” to the fortunate coincidence of currents and other climatic factors, this is one of the most poisoned places on Earth. A huge amount of garbage and other pollution not only made the sea around unsuitable for swimming, but also infected the sand.
Getting into the water is fraught with a whole bunch of severe bacterial infections, and the wound received while walking barefoot can become very festering. It is not certain that the victim will die as a result, but a week of diarrhea or a dozen days of septic fever can make anyone pray to the gods for deliverance.
There are similar “sights” in many countries of the world. In India, for example, there is Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai. In some of its places it is strictly forbidden not only to swim, but simply to be harmful.
And walking along the dangerous beach of El Gringo in the Dominican Republic, you can not only catch a variety of sores, but also get a solid dose of carcinogens and heavy metals. Many local chemical and pharmaceutical companies still dump their waste in the area.
Not without coastal environmental disasters in the United States. California Poche Beach has been flooded with a huge amount of various waste from the automotive and agricultural industries for several years in a row. Now environmental organizations will eliminate the consequences for many years.
Invisible death on the dangerous beach of Fraser Island
Irukandji is a little killer who turned the sandy Fraser Island into the most dangerous place
Located to the east of Australia, Fraser is the largest sand island in the world. Its nature is bizarre and picturesque – the dunes rise to a height of up to 240 meters and are covered with mangrove and equatorial forests in which outlandish “hanging” lakes are hidden.
Facing the Pacific Ocean, the coast is a single giant beach with a length of more than a hundred kilometers. But you should not approach the water further than the surf line. There are a large number of box jellyfish around Fraser, in particular, Irukandji.
And this is not at all the marine inhabitant that you want to meet while walking on the sand, or enjoying warm water. It is the Irukandji population that makes Fraser Australia’s dangerous beach.
The trouble is that these cnidarians have an almost transparent body and the same tentacles up to a meter long. They are practically invisible in the water and on the sand. Irukandji poison acts rather slowly and at first you ignore a completely tolerable injection or do not notice it at all.
However, after a few minutes, a whole extravaganza of paralytic effects begins: severe pain in the head, muscles of the limbs, internal organs, nausea. They are supplemented by effects on the nervous system – anxiety, as well as on the cardiovascular – tachycardia and hypertension.
Everything can end with pulmonary edema, brain and death. Australia is generally famous for the most dangerous beaches in the world, just thanks to all sorts of marine predators and all kinds of poisonous reptiles. In addition to Fraser, various types of box jellyfish live in the region of all coasts of this continent.
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