The most dangerous beaches in the world

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Martí Micolau

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Not all beaches are heavenly. Poisonous jellyfish, shark attacks, pollution. They are just some of the dangers of many beaches around the world. Here are which ones you need to stay away from.

1. Fraser Island, Australia
The waters around Fraser Island, in Southeast Queensland, are off limits. Unless you are afraid of swimming among the sharks and jellyfish as you struggle against strong sea currents. If you try to protect yourself ashore you may come across deadliest spiders in the world, In the seawater crocodiles o dingo that from time to time attack man;

2. Gansbaai, South Africa
A few miles from the coast is an area called Shark Alley, a small channel between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock where sharks aren't scary. In fact, a colony of about 60.000 lives here fur seals who attack men who approach;

3. Hanakapiai, Hawaii
At this point just last year I am 83 people drowned. As happens all along the coast of Kauai, the strong currents and the waves make swimming a very dangerous activity;

4. Boa Viegem Beach, Brasile
This very popular beach of Recife, attracts suntan lovers all year round and was considered safe by sharks. But since 1992 there have been at least 50 attacks including 19 fatal. Environmentalists argue that their presence is due to the destruction of the coastal area by the fishing boats that are getting closer and closer to the beach;

5. Northern Territory e Queensland, Australia
Every year between October and April countless flocks of Cubomeduse they force the barriers of hundreds of beaches on the north coast of the country. It is the most venomous species of jellyfish in the world, responsible for at least 70 deaths since 1883. Its sting is thus painful that some die of cardiac arrest before they even reach shore;

6. Volusia County, Florida
According to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), a database showing the number of shark attacks, there have been more along the coast of Volusia County in Florida than in all of South Africa: 235 in total since 1882. None, however, has been fatal.

7. Chowpatty Beach, India
Mumbai beach has a reputation for being the most polluted in the world and in the water it is absolutely forbidden to dive;

8. Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
It is not at the level of Praia de Boa Viegem in Recife, as there have been only six shark attacks here since 1931. The real danger on the most famous beach in the world is the thefts;

9. Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site but it is very dangerous for two reasons: the nuclear radiation and sharks. On this site they have been done further 20 nuclear tests between 1946 and 1958, so much so that the inhabitants refused to return to live on the island. Furthermore, the absence of fishing in these waters for 65 years has contributed to the repopulation of fish including sharks which attack hundreds of swimmers every year;

10. Red Triangle, California, Usa
This area of ​​the Northern California coast, between Big Sur and Bodega Bay, is where 11% of attacks on humans by huge white sharks.


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