When we hear the word "beach", pleasant pictures flash before our eyes. Sharks are the most common beach hazard.
The international registry says that in 2010, these predators attacked people for no particular reason 79 times, while 6 people died. Climate change has negatively affected marine predators, they have become much more aggressive. An increase in the number of shark attacks on humans 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.
The beaches of the islands of Tiwi and Queensland (Australia). Behind the scenes it is believed that the beaches in Australia are the most dangerous. Shark attacks on humans are common here. In addition, every year on the beaches of the northern coast of the mainland, people encounter poisonous box jellyfish. These creatures are known to possess one of the most potent poisons. The stinging cells of jellyfish give such a burn that death can occur literally within a few minutes. Outwardly, these jellyfish are hardly noticeable, and you cannot immediately see them in the water. The most likely to meet with jellyfish is present in the waters of the Timor and Arafur Seas. They wash the beaches of the Tiwi Islands and northeastern Queensland. Jellyfish, nicknamed "sea wasps" here, have even become a kind of symbol of resorts. In 2011, Australia even issued a silver coin featuring this marine life. However, people continue to visit their favorite beaches, as encounters with box jellyfish are still quite rare. Children are most vulnerable to their effects. They find it most difficult to cope with severe burns. Of the 30 reported cases of jellyfish attacks on humans in this area over the past 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 taken to the clinic on time with numerous burns. The risk can be significantly reduced by not swimming on these beaches between October and April. Then, especially in the afternoon, jellyfish are especially active.
Fish Hoek beaches (South Africa). The coast near Cape Town is generally considered quite dangerous for tourists. In addition, the waters of the Atlantic, washing the shores of the Western Cape, are home to one of the world's largest populations of white sharks. When the heat hits, these predators become even more aggressive. To protect people from them, on most of the beaches of the most popular resort in the country, Fish Hook, underwater nets were installed half a century ago. But this does not fully save from the attack of dangerous predators. In 2010 alone, 21 cases of unprovoked shark attacks were noted here, 6 of them were fatal. In January 2010, there was a particularly bloody incident - the police caught the body parts of a torn man 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 website that monitors their activity - http://www.sharkspotters.org.za. There you can find out when the last time a dangerous predator was seen in these waters.
Zipolite beach (Mexico). This quiet beach is famous for its turquoise waters and silky soft sand. Many tourists come here on the Pacific coast. But the locals do not particularly like this place, trying to avoid it. The time is especially dangerous here - from April to June. After all, the water on the coast "riots", as they say. This behavior is a consequence of strong underwater currents. There is also a reverse movement of water, imperceptible from the shore. In addition, in the summer, during the full moon, there are quite strong ebb and flow on the beach. The force of the flow is so great that it is difficult for even an adult to resist it. The sea cliffs and cliffs, covered for the time being by the ocean, also give danger. The Mexican authorities spend an impressive amount annually to organize the work of rescuers. As a result, not a single death has been reported on the beach since 2007. The work of the rescuers is eloquently characterized by the fact that in 2010 they saved 180 people who were carried away by the current. People even ignore the prohibitive red flags on the shore. The very name of the beach and the bay, Zipolite, is quite intimidating. Translated from the Zapotec dialect, it means "shore of the dead." Although the ancients have long marked this place as dangerous, the beach attracts hippies and nudists from all over the world. It is not expensive to relax here, and the area around is picturesque.
Bikini Atoll (Marshall Islands). An atoll in the Pacific Ocean became famous when it gave its name to the women's swimsuit. Brigitte Bardot appeared and became famous in it in the classic film And God Created Woman. In addition, from 1946 to 1958, the United States used the atoll to test its nuclear and hydrogen bombs here. The operation was named 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 accompanying conditions of cancer. And until now, the radiation background on the atoll is still above normal. The average dose of external radiation is about 3.8 R / h. But many tourists are not afraid of this, they are attracted by the Bikini beaches. 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 order a tour as a tourist on the island's official website. Bikini authorities usually form groups of 12-15 people and allow them to visit these places from April to November. Well, such a vacation will be very exotic.
New Smyrna beach (USA). One of Florida's central beaches has received a notoriety as an unhappy resort. In 2010 alone, various floating devices collided there 640 times, while 68 deaths were recorded. This is the largest number of water accidents ever recorded on American beaches. Experts explain such statistics simply - the beach is overcrowded. Rescuers, along with the water patrol, simply do not have time to keep track of everything. The beach is also dangerous because it is often struck by lightning. Over the past half century, 459 people have died here from its strikes! Security reports that people on the beach are the highest points. This means that during thunderstorms they are by default the best targets for electrical discharges. But that's not all the dangers on New Smyrna. In any weather, tourists are also threatened by sharks. Over the summer, 10-15 cases of their attacks on people are recorded here, there are also deaths. After all that has been said, is it any wonder that vacationers are periodically evacuated from the beach, and the beach itself is closed for several days?
Copacabana Beach (Brazil). Who doesn't know Brazilian beaches? Copacabana is the most famous of them. But in the middle of the last century there was a recreation area for the nobility and the rich. Today this beach has added to its reputation the fame of the most disadvantaged vacation spot. The crime index in this place is one of the highest in an already disadvantaged country in this regard. For the 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 here. For the government of the country, this place is extremely problematic. Indeed, according to the police, a large number of drug dealers and mafiosi live in the Copacabana area. 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 on the high seas. There are frequent cases of pirate attacks on ships near the beach.
Repulse Bay (Hong Kong). The name of this island bay in the southern part of the island is literally translated as “the place where seagulls nest”. Only now birds have not been found here for a long time. The reason for this is the huge amount of debris and other dirt. In Repulse Bay, this common problem for all urban beaches has reached its climax. At the beginning of the 20th century, construction work began near the bay, and industry appeared. They cause huge damage to the ecology of the entire region. After all, production wastes are dumped directly into the South China Sea. Now the waters in the bay are so polluted that colored currents are even seen in some places. Environmental inspections have shown that it contains an incredible amount of absolutely foreign chemical elements. This sting is an opportunity for numerous bacteria and algae parasites to multiply here. They replace normal marine life with a persistent, unpleasant odor. The attempts of local residents, together with the "greens" to resist this industrial lawlessness, have not met with success. Although there are periodic strikes and actions to protect the nature of the region. The authorities are interested in economic benefits, it is 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 Sao Paulo (Brazil). Since Theodore Roosevelt made his famous trip to the Amazon, the attitude towards piranhas has not changed. The President witnessed with his own eyes how the brutal fish ate large animals alive, he also heard about the people eaten. River predators still pose a threat to humans. They are most active in the southeastern tributaries of the Amazon, in Brazil. For example, in 2002, on the Conceicao beach in the city of Santa Cruz, 38 bathers were able to bite the menacing fish in just five weeks. In 2003, outbreaks of piranha aggression were recorded on the beaches of Itapui and Iacanga. In two weeks, 50 people suffered from their teeth. But the greatest danger from piranhas comes from the beaches of São Paulo. Only in December 2009 these fish were bitten by 74 people. Although officially no fatalities are reported, many vacationers have lost their fingers forever. Environmentalists say that river dwellers have become much more aggressive after humans invaded their habitat. River dams allowed piranhas to multiply uncontrollably. As a result, birds begin to appear where they should not initially be - in places where people swim. These predatory fish reach a length of 30 centimeters, an adult piranha can easily bite a human finger with its teeth. Few people know that not all piranhas are carnivores. Some of them feed only on plants, seeds and algae. Biologists believe that numerous horror films about river bloodthirsty and merciless predators are just a banal exaggeration.
The beaches of Virginia Beach (USA). This city even got into the Guinness Book of Records. After all, it is here that the longest public beach on the entire coast of the Atlantic and the Chesapeake is located. And the city itself has long gained fame as one of the cleanest and most prosperous 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 attacks by rabid foxes on people have noticeably increased. In March 2011, the fox attacked three vacationers right on the beach at once, biting and leaving them several scratches. Here, forest animals, not just foxes, attack quite often. In 2006, a city magazine reported that squirrels and wild raccoons were seen near trash cans in the woods near the beach. But they can carry various diseases.
Cable beach (Australia). This 22 km long beach in Broome, Australia, has recently become famous. There have been observed the appearance of terrible crocodiles in size. As a result, the beach was closed. Once again. It is impossible to kill crocodiles, because this biological species is under the protection of the state. As a result, hunting them has been banned since 1974. Experts believe that such measures have given rise to frequent attacks by predators on people. In 2009, after a series of attacks on reptiles (including children), there was even a debate about the possibility of a partial lifting of the ban on trapping animals. The Australian authorities have not allowed to kill even 25 crocodiles a year. In their opinion, such a measure will only attract tourists to the country who wish to receive crocodile jaws as a hunting trophy. Reptile attacks often occur on the beaches of the 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 on humans.