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We all love to go to the beach to relax or play ball games on the sand and then to go and enjoy a swim in the sea.
But some beach destinations are simply too risky to visit.
While some beach locations across the world are hotspots for frenzied shark attacks others are inhabited by poisonous jellyfish or are too dangerous to swim in because of rip tides.
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And in one location, a nightmarish creature called the "penis fish" has been known to swim up the urethra of unlucky victims as they enjoy a dip in the water.
These are 10 of the most dangerous beaches in the world.
1. Hanakapiai Beach, Hawaii
Victims have been deceived by the stunning two-mile hike to Hanakapiai Beach on the island of Kauai and have paid the ultimate price.
While the destination may look like paradise, the water holds incredibly strong rip currents.
The trail sign keeps an updated tally of the number of deaths stemming from visitors who chose to forego caution and swim anyway.
At least 83 people are known to have died there but there are feared to be more casualties.
The the rip currents are so strong because the coastal area isn’t protected by any reef.
2. New Smyrna Beach, Florida
New Smyrna beach is known as the shark attack capital of the world.
People who venture into the waters here are more at risk of being attacked by a shark than anywhere else in the world.
There have been over 80 bites recorded at this beach since 2009.
Though you may think this sounds small, it is staggeringly higher than anywhere else.
3. Playa Zipolite, Mexico
Playa Zipolite in Mexico is nicknamed the "Beach of Death."
Don't be fooled by its beauty as its waters boast strong and potentially fatal undercurrents.
Thanks to the beach’s growing popularity, a special lifeguard team has been put in place but you may still want to choose another safer beach to go for a dip.
4. Morecambe Bay, Lancashire
Morecambe Bay is dangerous because of all the freaky obstacles, such as quicksand, shifting channels, and river drainages.
There was a terrible tragedy on the evening of February 5 2004 at Morecambe Bay when at least 21 Chinese illegal immigrant labourers were drowned by an incoming tide after picking cockles.
5. Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai
Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai is classed as one of the most dangerous beaches in the world due to the amount of pollution.
Waste and debris cloud the waters and shoreline.
A ship sank in the area in 2011 spilling 60,000 metric tons of coal into the sea. Not exactly the type of waters for beach fun.
6. Fraser Island, Australia
Fraser Island attracts adventure-seekers from all over the world.
But the beach conditions are unpredictable and attacks by the island’s dingo population have resulted in deaths.
Visitors are instructed to avoid running down sand dunes and diving into lakes.
Back in 2019, the Queensland government was forced to take action to manage the island’s dingo population.
They also imposed an intensive educational program as well as massive fines for disturbing them.
7. Amazon Beaches, South America
Amazon Beaches in South America is not a place to enjoy a relaxing day on the beach and a nice dip in the water.
Most creatures living in its waters will probably want to eat you.
They include anacondas, electric eels, piranhas, and vampire fish (candiru).
To the extreme agony of the unlucky victim, the candiru can swim up the urethra and it is the reason why it's called the "penis fish."
There was a recorded attack on a man by a candiru at a beach at Itacoatiara in Brazil.
Spines on its head make it very difficult to extract.
Amputation is sometimes the only course of action that can be taken.
8. Staithes Beach, Yorkshire
The giant waves at Staithes make it a magnet for surfers but we wonder how many are aware of what they are swimming in.
The beach repeatedly makes the EU’s “swimming prohibited” list because of all the pollutants in the area.
Apparently the main reason for the high pollution levels is farm sewage draining into the harbour.
9. Kilauea, Hawaii
The black sand beaches of Kilauea look pretty cool, but the nearby active volcano has been erupting continuously for 35 years and spewing lava into the surrounding area.
This means the water temperature here can rise to a whopping 110C which is simply too hot to enjoy a nice dip.
10. Cape Tribulation, Australia
If you fancy taking a swim at Cape Tribulation you are advised to wear a "stinger suit" as the area is home to a whole host of stinging jellyfish.
Saltwater crocodiles are also prevalent and the locals advise visitors stay away from swimming in the mouths of rivers.
If that’s not enough to keep you out of the water, Cabe Tribulation is also home to Cassowaries. The big flightless birds have dagger-like claws “can disembowel you”.
There are even stinging trees which can sting you with their jagged-edged leaves.
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