When we talk about beaches, something cute, cozy and pleasant comes to mind, evoking memories of summer, the sun's rays, the waves splashing along the edge of the surf, the exhausted wails of seagulls.
Another thing is that in nature, beauty often coexists with mortal danger. Today we will talk about several such places where rest is associated with a deadly risk.
Acute and rapid death
In the middle of the Andamen Islands, which is east of India, there is a small island called North Sentinel. To get here, you will have to work hard: local sailors, fishermen and even owners of coastal vessels engaged in the transportation of people and goods avoid this shore like fire.
However, even if you manage to collude with someone, as soon as you get to land, your guide and the trail will catch a cold, as well as his transport. And the thing is that the locals are not very hospitable and prefer to meet uninvited guests with arrows from the bushes.
The Sentinelese are one of the least friendly peoples in this part of the world (and indeed in the world in general). There have never been censuses, so the total number, structure of society and many other things are hidden by the veil of secrecy. Presumably, they do not use fire, and hostility to foreigners is associated with the experience of English and Portuguese colonization in the past. If so, then it is understandable why a negative attitude among the aborigines was formed in relation to all foreigners.
The Hindus under whose control this islet do not undertake any encroachment on the traditional way of life. And guests are also not advised. I want to live.
The perfect beach for a post-apocalyptic festival
In the South African wastelands in a place called "Skeleton Coast" there is a platform that the god himself is adapted for filming post-apocalyptic series or conducting thematic shows.
The local desert is so lifeless that the very fact of the presence of a variety of predators here, which are protein forms of life, is surprising. Meanwhile, along with lions and hyenas, coastal waters also boast flocks of sharks. And there are scorpions and other insects that can send the offender to the other world. All this pack of hellish creatures are attracted here by seals, and they are interested in fish that migrate along the coast.
There is no fresh moisture for hundreds of kilometers around, and the last rain passed in 2014, and since then in these lands water from the sky has not dripped. An additional complication will be the neighbors: both in the north and especially in the east, there are many small warring states that will welcome mercenaries.
And in part of the sea, the coast is an ingenious natural trap: a cold current carries ships to the shore, and fogs make navigation difficult. The bottom is insidious and rises to the surface very sharply, forming sharp rocks - they are the ones who destroyed dozens of ships lying on the shore or hidden in the depths of the waters. And on small boats or boats it is difficult to leave the shore because of the rage of the waves and the powerful surf.
The Slowest Death
Fast forward to the west of the Pacific. It is full of islands formed by corals – they are called atolls. Most often they are round, but there are also very unusual shapes. They are covered with fine volcanic sand and are a flowering branch of the Garden of Eden.
One of these islands is called Bikini - it is in his honor that the world-famous and quite popular bathing suit is named. Shortly after the war , the U.S . Army held a series of military events here. The result of 67 nuclear tests was that it is still better not to appear there without clothes that completely cover the body. Even after more than 60 years, sand stores residual radioactivity, and the level of contamination exceeds the maximum permissible background for a person to stay there several times.
Of course, the tourist will not drop dead, as soon as he sets foot on this shore, but the chance to acquire a host of oncological diseases for him will grow significantly. The most dangerous is dust: once in the lungs, it can have a much more destructive effect on the respiratory system and adjacent organs.
Worse than death
Some dangerous beaches are located much closer than we would like to think. For example, the cozy and picturesque coastal village of Statees in England could become very attractive for tourists. But the combination of popularity, as well as the wind rose and the current map, make it the most cluttered and toxic in England in particular and in Europe in general. Here, hundreds of thousands of tons of garbage and toxic substances in seawater make the ocean completely unsuitable for swimming. Once in the water, you risk acquiring a number of bacterial infectious diseases, and the resulting wounds tend to fester for a long time and deeply.
Of course, death is not so likely, but there is hardly a person who would be happy to spend the next few weeks riding a faience friend or in delirium caused by septic infection and the subsequent rise in temperature.
Nevertheless, the beach was chosen by teenagers: they play stalker games here.
To be fair, there are similar places of interest in countless countries. It is worth mentioning the Indian Chowpatty Beach in the city of Mumbai, where, according to local authorities, it is dangerous not only to swim, but also just to walk.
Another similar facility is the Dominican El Gringo, located in the zone of toxic waste dumping of several dozen large chemical, biological and pharmaceutical organizations. So the combination of precursors, carcinogenic substances, salts of heavy metals and infection, if not kill, then health will definitely not add.
Surprisingly, there are no better objects in the outwardly prosperous and abundant United States. In California, on Poche Beach, for a decade in a row, there have been spills of reagents and waste from the automotive industry, the production of chemical substances for agricultural needs. According to environmentalists, it will take years and billions of dollars to eliminate the consequences.
This islet – the largest sand on the planet – is located a few hundred miles east of Australia. It is extraordinarily picturesque. Suffice it to say that sand dunes grow up to 240 meters in height and are densely covered with equatorial and virgin mangrove forest" The Pacific coast here is a huge hundred-kilometer beach, but experienced travelers do not advise to go into the water beyond the surf line - and here's why.
In the waters here lives a huge colony of cubic jellyfish, including the infamous irukandji. A meeting with this marine inhabitant, whose body is practically devoid of color and is visible on the lumen, and the tentacles reach a meter in length, promises many unpleasant moments. The poison with which the limbs of the Irukandji are impregnated is very insidious. If in the first seconds its effect is practically not felt, then after a minute the poisoned person faces a whole host of effects - from headache and muscle pain to spasms, vomiting, increased anxiety and heart palpitations. As a result, more and more often ends in a painful death. In Australia, interestingly, 8 out of 10 of the most dangerous and venomous snakes and 9 out of 10 spiders and amphibians live. And killer jellyfish here in bulk.