Beaches of the world, posing a threat to human life

TOP 19 The most dangerous beaches in the world.

Probably many people would agree that people associate the word “vacation” and “vacation” with the sea, the sun and the beach. But not everywhere you can swim! This happens for two reasons – or these beaches have made the man himself dangerous, or the reason for that is a natural feature and the environment in this place, and some of these beaches we have been able to visit ourselves. So we made an interesting list of the most dangerous beaches in the world, and where you definitely should not swim.

First we will get acquainted with the beaches that are made dangerous by man himself.

Unfortunately, some beaches have become deadly for humans, and it is because of his own activities and barbaric attitude to the environment. The sad fact is that in most cases irreparable damage has been done to the nature, which is impossible or extremely difficult to remedy.

Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands

The atoll is part of Micronesia, a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean. After WWII in 1946, the U.S. military arrived in the Marshall Islands and told the locals they would conduct nuclear tests to save humanity. No one could have suspected at the time what a catastrophe this action would turn into. Bikini Atoll became a dead zone. In 1968, it was announced that the atoll was safe for life, and the locals could return. But many residents subsequently died of cancer and other diseases. These days the atoll is still uninhabitable.

Bikini Atoll Beach.

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2. Chinsei Beach, China

This beach is located in Hong Kong and is one of the dirtiest and most dangerous beaches on the planet. This beach is one of the most dangerous on the planet. For several years work is underway to clean up the area, but the level of pollution is still very high. Tourists prefer to sit in the restaurants and cafes on the shore rather than splash about in the water of dubious purity.

3. Staithes Beach, UK

Europe’s most polluted beach because it receives sewage from the whole region. Here you can easily catch hepatitis A, meningitis, typhoid or E. coli.

4. Chowpatty Beach, India

One of the most famous beaches in India and the dirtiest on the planet. The city of Mumbai is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Chowpatty Beach is located in the heart of the city and is not suitable for swimming. The water there is so toxic that it is deadly, especially for children and the elderly. The sand is full of waste and debris, and the city sewage drains into the water.

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5. Copacabana, Brazil.

This beach can also be attacked by sharks, but the main danger here is people . Dozens of people a day fall victim to muggers, pickpockets, and crooks. Personal belongings here can not be left unattended for even a minute.

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6. Shenzhen, China

The most crowded beach in the world, it is because of the cramped conditions here recorded a large number of cases of drowning, especially among children.

Now, let’s get acquainted with the beaches that are dangerous for humans for objective reasons.

But the most common natural danger to bathers and athletes is the attack of bloodthirsty sharks and other sea and ocean creatures. Fish catch is increasing, the ecological situation is changing, and as a result, sea creatures that pose a deadly danger to humans are increasingly appearing in the coastal zone in shallow waters.

7. Beaches of Queensland and the Tiwi Islands, Australia

Sharks that pounce on people are certainly found in these areas. But there are also the most dangerous killers, almost invisible in the water, the cubomedusa, whose burns often result in death.

Every year, from October to April, swarms of jellyfish force authorities to close hundreds of beaches along Australia’s north coast. These marine animals are some of the most poisonous creatures in the world. They have caused at least 70 deaths here since 1883. The bites of cubomedus are so dangerous and painful that some victims go into cardiac arrest before reaching the shore.

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You can swim here wearing these closed suits

8. Fraser Island, Australia

The largest sandy island in the world, a truly heavenly place. But you can swim here only one part – in the north of the island. On the eastern beaches, the wind and waves create a treacherous backwash that drags you into the ocean, and there are no lifeguards on the island. In addition, two of the largest tiger sharks have been caught here and crocodiles are very fond of these places.

Fraser Island

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9. Beaches of Oahu Island, Hawaii, USA

Oahu is one of the most popular surfing spots in the world but the huge waves and strong undercurrents kill dozens of people every year or severely injure both amateur and experienced surfers.

Surprisingly, this picturesque island is home to both the most beautiful and eco-friendly and the deadliest beaches on the planet.

10. Pillar Point Beach, Half Moon Bay, California

The dramatic waves off Pillar Point in California’s Half Moon Bay, measuring up to 25 meters, are considered among the most dangerous in the world. Many desperate surfers have died trying to conquer these waves, and yet this is one of the most attractive places in the world for real adrenaline-seeking surfers and speed freaks!

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11. Sipolite Beach (Beach of the Dead), Mexico

Although there are red flags and lifeguards all over the beach, the currents and swells are continuously changing and kill people every year.

12. Cable beach, Australia

This is a heavenly place but you can’t tell it’s one of the most dangerous beaches in the world. You can visit some parts of the beach only when accompanied by a guide. Since the length of the beach is long, the desert areas are ideal for crocodiles. Several times a year, Cable Beach is completely closed to the public.

Dangerous Beaches in Australia

Such signs are common in the North of Australia.

13. Fish Hoek Beach, South Africa

Here on the coast of Cape Town amidst the vastness of the Atlantic, there are many populations of white sharks . In the heat they are especially aggressive. Because of climate change, they are increasingly preying on the shoals. This beach is the leader not only nationally, but also worldwide in terms of the number of attacks that have resulted in fatalities.

14. Gansbaai Beach, South Africa

There are many beaches in South Africa that are dangerous because of sharks. The beach in the town of Gansbaai is known as “Great White Shark Capital” – the World Capital of the Great White Shark. Many tourists have suffered from shark bites by ignoring the warning signs. In addition, these places are adored by divers, Gansbaai is famous for its beauty, but diving without proper protection is prohibited here. The entertainment is truly extreme, the metal cage in which the daredevils are, the sharks are constantly trying their teeth.

15. Red Triangle Beach, California

11% of all recorded cases of shark attacks on humans have occurred here.

18. Reunion Island, East Africa

A French island located in the Indian Ocean. 13% of all fatal cases of shark attacks in the world occurred here.

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16. Volusia County Beach, Florida

For many years is one of the world’s strongest leaders in the number of shark attacks . Moreover, the invasion of small sharks, which can swim close to the shore and have recently become the main danger for swimmers and surfers. In addition, the saddest statistics of human deaths from lightning strikes are here.

17. Virginia Beach – Beach, USA

The main attraction of the town of the same name is the beach. It is a very beautiful place, but the danger lurks not in the water, but on land. The reason – wild foxes, attacks which have already affected a lot of people. They are the carrier of many dangerous diseases, one of them is rabies.

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19. Praia de Boa Vieja, Brazil

This beach used to be very popular with tourists all over the world. But every year there is an increase in the number of white shark attacks with fatal end.

To find the right destination for your vacation on the beach, we suggest you read our collection of traveler’s reviews of the places you have never been to.

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Top 15: The World’s Most Dangerous Beaches

Concerns about the ruggedness of rock cliffs on the Jurassic Coast (Dorset County, England) mean some of the country’s most popular beaches may be closed to tourists.

The region’s tourism manager has appealed to the public to stay away from the cliff’s edge for fear it could collapse under their feet. Last week, a huge chunk of rock fell in West Bay, Dorset, adding to fears that someone could be seriously hurt or killed.

Four years ago, 22-year-old Charlotte Blackman died after she was crushed by a 400-ton rock that fell on a beach near Burton Bradstock when a 50-meter cliff collapsed.

Here are a few other beaches that are considered some of the most dangerous in the world.

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15. Reunion Last year, the island of Reunion developed a variety of ways to stop shark attacks in an effort to shake off the grim notoriety of being the deadliest island on the planet.

In the French territory, 257 kilometers from Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, there have been 20 shark attacks since 2011, 7 of which were fatal. This means that in the last 5 years, 13% of all fatal shark attacks have occurred on the coast of this tiny island 64 kilometers long.

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14. Fraser Island, Australia The waters surrounding Fraser Island in southeast Queensland are a danger zone. Unless you don’t mind swimming with sharks and poisonous jellyfish while battling a strong battering current.

Moving farther inland from the coast, you’re likely to encounter some of the deadliest spiders and strangest sea crocodiles, as well as dingoes that have been known to sometimes attack humans.

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13. Gansbaai, South Africa

This part of our planet is great white territory (Gansbaai is considered the unofficial white shark capital of the world). A few kilometers off the coast is Shark Alley, a small channel between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock.

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The island’s waters are home to nearly 60,000 sea lions, which attract packs of great white sharks and then lots of tourists with video cameras inside submerged metal cages.

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12. Praia de Boa Viegem, Brazil This popular sandy beach in Recife, Brazil, a year-round attraction for sunbathers, was once considered shark-free.

However, since 1992, there have been at least 50 reported shark attacks, 19 of them fatal. Environmentalists say this is a result of the destruction of the region’s coastal ecosystem caused by fishing boats fishing with trawl nets closer and closer to the coast.

And if that’s not enough to be cautious, it’s worth adding that city authorities are fighting violent crime.

Top 15: The World's Most Dangerous Beaches

11. Shenzhen, China In addition to being quite crowded, this beach in Shenzhen, located at the border crossing with Hong Kong, is a reminder of the sobering fact that drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages 1-14 in the People’s Republic of China.

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10. Northern Territory and Queensland, Australia Every year from October through April, swarms of cubomedusa force authorities to close hundreds of beaches along Australia’s northern coast. These marine animals are some of the most poisonous creatures in the world. They have caused at least 70 deaths here since 1883.

Cubomedus bites are so dangerous and painful that some victims go into cardiac arrest before they manage to reach the shore.

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9. Volusia County, Florida, USA According to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), a database of recorded shark attacks, there have been more unprovoked shark attacks on Florida’s Volusia County coast since 1882 than in all of South Africa – 267 in total. None of them, however, have been fatal.

Also, the likelihood of being struck by lightning in Florida is much higher than anywhere else in North America: between 1997 and 2006, 71 people were killed by lightning in that state.

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8. Chowpatty Beach, India This beach in Mumbai has long had the reputation of being one of the dirtiest in the world and the water is completely unfit for swimming.

The only time you might come here is at the beginning of September when Mumbai residents gather to celebrate the Ganesha Chaturthi, a Hindu festival.

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7. Copacabana Beach, Brazil This beach is not quite in the same league as Praia de Boa Vieja in Recife with only 6 confirmed shark attacks since 1931. Much more dangerous here are petty crimes.

Robberies and thefts are commonplace at Copacabana Beach, so it’s best to leave your video camera and wallet in the hotel safe. And the many incidents that occurred here during the Olympics with tourists and athletes are another proof of that.

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6. Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands This UNESCO World Heritage Site is dangerous for two reasons: nuclear radiation and sharks. More than 20 nuclear weapons tests were conducted here between 1946 and 1958, and when U.S. military experts declared them “safe” in 1997, none of the locals wanted to return here, and food grown on this land is not recommended to eat. So it is better not to try coconuts that have fallen from the trees.

Also, the lack of fishing in the area means that marine life has flourished here, including sharks, which, along with the many shipwrecks that have occurred in the area, attract hundreds of divers every year.

Top 15: The World's Most Dangerous Beaches

5. The Red Triangle, California, USA This stretch of Northern California coastline, from Big Sur to Bodega Bay, is the site of 11% of all reported attacks on humans by great white sharks, according to the International Shark Attack Register.

Large numbers of marine mammals, including seals, otters and sea lions, are the reason why a large population of great white sharks has settled here.

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4. Kilauea, Hawaii Be careful when you lay down your towel. The black sand beach on Kilauea, Hawaii’s largest island, is next to one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

It has been continuously erupting since 1983, releasing lava flowing directly into the ocean. Since 1828, there have also been 102 unprovoked shark attacks here, eight of which have been fatal.

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3. Playa Zipolite, Mexico Some say that the word “zipolite” comes from the Nahuatl indigenous Nahua language and means “beach of the dead.” This small but well-visited stretch of sand, popular with nudists and tourists, is known for its huge waves and dangerous rip currents.

In 1995, a team of volunteer lifeguards was created, which dramatically reduced the number of drownings, and between 2007 and 2009, there were no fatalities and the rescuers saved the lives of 180 people.

Top 15: The World's Most Dangerous Beaches

2. Amazon Beaches, Brazil Navigating the Amazon in a kayak means sharing water with piranhas, anacondas and electric eels. That’s why it’s best to stay on shore.

Top 15: The World's Most Dangerous Beaches

1. Staithes Beach, UK Surfers Against Sewage describes Staithes Beach in Yorkshire as one of the “worst in Europe” because of its polluted water.

In addition, according to the Marine Conservation Society, it is also among the 31 British beaches that do not meet basic European standards.

The list also includes Burnham-on-sea in Somerset, Walpole Bay in Margit and Silloth in Cornwall. What are the risks of swimming in contaminated water? Acute diarrhea, E. coli, meningitis, typhoid and hepatitis A, according to Surfers Against Sewage.

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