When we hear the word “beach”, pleasant pictures are carried before our eyes. We dream of long-awaited summer vacation, warm sea, gentle sand and a monotonous lulling surf. In their dreams, people often forget that beaches can be quite dangerous. Even the most innocuous bathing can lead to sad consequences. The most common danger on the beaches are sharks.
The International Register states that in 2010 these predators attacked a person 79 times without special reasons, while 6 people were killed. Climate change adversely affected marine predators, they became much more aggressive. An increase in the number of shark attacks per person is predicted. But not only they threaten vacationers. We will tell below about the 10 most dangerous beaches that can cost a person health, and even life.
Beaches of the islands of Tivi and Queensland (Australia).
It is believed behind the scenes that it is in Australia that beaches are the most dangerous. Here the common phenomenon is the attack of sharks on a person. Moreover, every year on the beaches of the northern coast of the mainland people are exposed to poisonous cubomudus. It is known that these creatures have one of the most potent poisons. Stinging jellyfish cells give such a burn, that a fatal outcome can occur literally in a few minutes. Outwardly, these jellyfish are hardly noticeable, in the water they are not immediately discerned. The greatest chance to encounter jellyfish is present in the waters of the Timor and Arafura seas. They wash the beaches of the islands of Tivi and the north-eastern part of Queensland. Jellyfish, nicknamed here “sea wasps”, have become even a kind of symbol of resorts. In 2011, Australia even issued a silver coin depicting this marine creature. However, people continue to visit their favorite beaches, since meetings with cubomuduses are still quite rare. Children are the most vulnerable to their impact. They are the hardest to cope with severe burns. Of the 30 reported cases of jellyfish attacks per person in this area in the last 20 years, 12 have resulted in the death of children. In 2010, only a miracle managed to save a 10-year-old girl, who was delivered in time to the clinic with numerous burns. The risk can be significantly reduced without swimming on these beaches in the period from October to April. Then, especially in the afternoon, jellyfish are particularly active. Beaches Fish Hoek (South Africa).
The coast near Cape Town is generally considered quite dangerous for tourists. In addition, one of the largest populations in the world of white sharks lives in the waters of the Atlantic, washing the shores of the Western Cape province. When the heat comes, these predators become even more aggressive. To protect people from them, on most beaches of the most popular resort of the country Fish Hook, half a century ago, underwater networks were installed. But this does not save to the full from the attack of dangerous predators. Only in 2010 there were 21 cases of unprovoked attack of sharks, 6 of them ended in a lethal outcome. In January 2010, there was a particularly bloody incident – the body of the ripped man was caught by the police in the water for another month. For those who want to swim on the beach, but are afraid of white sharks, there is a special site monitoring their activity – http://www.sharkspotters.org.za. There you can find out when the last time in these waters saw a dangerous predator.
Zipolite beach (Mexico).
This quiet beach is famous for its turquoise water and silk soft sand. Many tourists go here on the Pacific coast. But local people do not like this place very much, trying to avoid it. Especially dangerous is the time here – from April to June. After all, the water on the coast “riots”, as they say. This behavior is a consequence of a strong undercurrent. There is here a reverse movement of water, from the shore invisible. In addition, in the summer, on a full moon, the beach is pretty strong tides. The strength of the flow is so great that even an adult man is hard for him to resist.They also endanger the sea rocks and cliffs covered for the time being by the ocean. The Mexican authorities annually spend an impressive amount to organize the work of rescuers. As a result, since 2007, no deaths have been recorded on the beach. The work of rescuers is eloquently characterized by the fact that in 2010 they rescued 180 people who were blown away by the current. People even ignore the prohibiting red flags on the shore. The very name of the beach and the bay – Zipolite is quite awesome. In the translation from the Sapotec dialect, it means “the shore of the dead.” Although the ancient have long noted this place as dangerous, the beach attracts hippies and nudists from around the world. Rest here is inexpensive, and the surrounding area is picturesque. Bikini Atoll (Marshall Islands).
The atoll in the Pacific became famous when he gave his name to the women’s swimsuit. It appeared and became famous Brigitte Bardot in the classic film “And God created a woman.” In addition, from 1946 to 1958, the US used an atoll for testing its nuclear and hydrogen bombs. The operation was called “Crossroads”. During the tests on March 1, 1954, the island was almost completely destroyed. As a result of constant explosions, almost 800 inhabitants of the island eventually died due to the attendant situation of cancer. And until now the radiation background on the atoll is still above normal. The average dose of external irradiation is about 3.8 R / h. But many tourists are not scared, they are attracted to the beaches of Bikini. After all, the rest here is unique, the island is isolated from the whole world. Even getting here is not easy. You must either join the Central Pacific diving expedition, or as a tourist, book a tour on the island’s official website. Bikini authorities usually form groups of 12-15 people and give them the opportunity to visit them from April to November. Well, such a holiday will be very exotic.
Beach New Smyrna (USA).
One of the central beaches of Florida got a bad reputation for an unhappy resort. Only in 2010 there were 640 times there were various swimming means, while 68 deaths were recorded. This is the largest number of water accidents that have ever been recorded on American beaches. Experts explain such statistics simply – the beach is crowded. Rescuers together with the water patrol simply do not have time to follow everything. The beach is also dangerous because it is often lightning strikes. Over the past half century, 459 people died from its attacks! The security service reports that people on the beach are the highest points. This means that during a thunderstorm they are by default the best targets for electrical discharges. But this is not all the dangers on New Smyrna. In any weather, vacationers are also threatened with sharks. Over the summer, there are 10-15 cases of their attacks on people, there are also deaths. After all this, is it any wonder that the beach is periodically evacuated by tourists, and he himself is closed for several days?
Beach Copacabana (Brazil).
Who does not know the Brazilian beaches? Copacabana is the most famous of them. But in the middle of the last century there was a playground for rest of the nobility and the rich. Today, this beach has also added to its reputation the glory of the most unfavorable place for recreation. The crime index in this place is one of the highest in and so poor in this respect country. For a beach, cases of robbery, prostitution, rape, drug trafficking and even kidnapping are natural. In 2010, as a result of crimes on the beach, 80 people were injured, another 30 were killed there. For the government of the country this place is extremely problematic. After all, in the area of Copacabana, according to police, a large number of drug dealers and mafiosi live. Vacationers say that danger awaits people not only on the beach itself, but even in hotels on its shore. Those who decide to ride a rented yacht should be careful even in the open sea.Near the beach are frequent cases of pirate attacks on ships.
Repulse Bay (Hong Kong).
The name of this island bay in the southern part of the island is translated literally, as “the place where the seagulls nest”. Only now the birds have not been found here for a long time. The reason for this – a huge amount of debris and other dirt. In Repulse Bay, this common problem for all urban beaches has reached its climax. As early as the beginning of the 20th century, construction began near the bay, and industry appeared. They cause huge damage to the ecology of the entire region. After all, the production waste is dumped directly into the South China Sea. Now in the Gulf the waters are so polluted that in some places even colored currents are seen. Water checks by environmentalists have shown that it contains an incredible amount of absolutely extraneous chemical elements. This is a complaint of the possibility of multiplying bacteria and algae in the parasites. They replace a normal marine life, highlighting also a persistent unpleasant odor. Attempts of local residents along with the “green” to resist this industrial lawlessness of success did not have any effect. Although there are periodic strikes and actions in defense of the nature of the region. The authorities are interested in economic benefits, it’s not for nothing that real estate in the Repulsa Bay area is considered elite and one of the most expensive in all of Hong Kong.
Beaches of São Paulo (Brazil).
Ever since Theodore Roosevelt carried out his famous trip to the Amazon, the attitude towards piranhas has not changed. The President personally observed how brutal fish were eaten alive by large animals, he also heard about people eaten. River predators are still a threat to humans. Most actively they behave in the southeastern tributaries of the Amazon, in Brazil. For example, in 2002, on the beach of Conceicao in Santa Cruz in just five weeks, formidable fish were able to bite 38 bathers. In 2003, outbreaks of the aggression of piranhas were recorded on the beaches of the towns of Itapui and Iakanga. Two weeks from their teeth, injured 50 people. But the greatest danger from piranhas comes from the beaches of Sao Paulo. Only in December 2009, these fish were bitten by 74 people. Let them officially about the deaths and not reported, but many vacationers forever lost their fingers. Environmentalists say that river inhabitants became much more aggressive after a person invaded their habitat. River dams allowed piranhas to multiply uncontrollably. As a result, birds begin to appear where they should not originally be – in places where people bathe. These predatory fish reach a length of 30 centimeters, adult piranha can easily bite a finger with a man’s teeth. Few people know that not all piranhas are carnivorous. Some of them eat only plants, seeds and algae. Biologists believe that the numerous horror films about river bloodthirsty and merciless predators are just a banal exaggeration.
Beaches of Virginia Beach (USA).
This city even got into the Guinness Book of Records. After all, it is in it is the longest public beach on the entire coast of the Atlantic and the Chesapeake Bay. Yes, and the city itself has long gained fame of one of the cleanest and safest resorts in the country. But the parks and beaches of Virginia Beach attract not only tourists, but also wild animals. Since June 2010, cases of attack of rabid foxes on people have become more frequent. In March 2011, the fox attacked three vacationers right on the beach, biting and leaving them a few scratches. Here, forest animals, and not just foxes, attack quite often. In 2006, the city magazine reported that near the garbage cans in the forest near the beach were seen squirrels and wild raccoons. But they can tolerate various diseases.
Cable beach (Australia).
This 22-kilometer long beach in Australian Broome is “famous” recently. There were marked the appearance of awful by their size crocodiles. As a result, the beach was closed. Once again.Crocodiles can not be killed, because this species is protected by the state. As a result, hunting for them has been banned since 1974. Experts believe that such measures gave rise to frequent attacks of predators on people. In 2009, after a series of attacks of reptiles (including children), there was even a debate about the possibility of a partial lifting of the ban on catching animals. The Australian authorities did not allow the killing of even 25 crocodiles a year. In their opinion, such a measure will only attract tourists who want to get the crocodile’s jaws as a hunting trophy. Often attacks of reptiles occur on the beaches of northern territories – on the same Queensland and not far from the city of Darwin. Over the past 25 years, there have been more than 10 deaths of crocodile attacks per person.