9 Places You Should Never Swim In!

From water so hot it could boil you alive
to a lake filled with acid, here are some places you should never go swimming: 9. Lake Hillier This bright pink lake is located in Australia. It is about two thousand feet long and eight
hundred twenty feet wide. This strange body of water is a saline lake,
meaning it has a significantly high concentration of salt. It was discovered in 1802 by Matthew Flinders,
who described it as “…a rose colour, the water of which…was so saturated with salt
that sufficient quantities were crystallized near the shores to load a ship.” Pure white salt lines Lake Hillier’s shore. Due to its extreme salinity, there are no
animals living within the lake. The only thing that lives here are tiny organisms,
one of which is Dunaliella salina; this is what gives Lake Hillier its salt content. It also contains red halophilic bacteria,
which gives it its unique hue. Although you can technically go for a dip
in this lake without adverse effects, you should never drink the water… ingesting
too much saltwater can cause a fatal outcome. So, don’t allow the lake’s rose-wine tint
trick you into taking a sip. 8. Yellowstone Thermal Pools Yellowstone National Park’s thermal pools
are just one of the numerous reasons that millions of tourists flock to the area every
year. However, even though these hot springs and
geysers look very inviting, you should by no means get too close to them. There have been various injuries and fatalities
due to people wanting a closer look at these natural wonders. In June 2006, a six-year-old boy endured significant
burns after slipping off of a boardwalk near Old Faithful. He fell into the two-hundred-fifty degree
Fahrenheit water and luckily survived, even though his injuries were severe. According to the Yellowstone website, over
twenty visitors have met their demise after slipping near these thermal pools. In June 2016, a twenty-three-year-old man
from Portland, Oregon lost his life after falling into the hot water next to Porkchop
Geyser. He and his sister had strayed about six hundred
feet from the boardwalk when the incident took place. One of the park’s geologists, Hank Heasler,
noted, “Geothermal attractions are one of the most dangerous natural features in Yellowstone,
but I don’t sense that awareness in either visitors or employees.” There are warning signs posted throughout
the park as there are over ten thousand of these boiling pools. Yellowstone’s chief safety officer, Brandon
Gauthier, said, “We try to educate people starting when they come through the gate… There are many risks in Yellowstone. It’s something you’ve got to respect and
pay attention to.” So, keep that in mind if you ever visit this
national park, and please don’t take a dip in the hot spring. 7. Horseshoe Lake This lake is located near Mammoth Mountain
in California. The mountain is a volcano, and after several
earthquakes took place below the formation in 1989, geologists found that there were
significant amounts of carbon dioxide seeping from underneath. The gas terminated numerous trees in the area
around Horseshoe Lake; nowadays, there are nearly two hundred acres of lifeless trees
near the volcano. In the areas where the trees are, there is
a twenty to ninety percent carbon dioxide concentration in the soil compared with only
one percent everywhere else. But, it isn’t only the plant life that can
suffer from the elevated carbon dioxide presence; people are at risk too. In the late 1990s, a fifty-eight-year-old
man was cross-country skiing near Horseshoe Lake and was discovered unresponsive. He passed away after breathing in too much
of the gas. The United States Geological Survey scientist
Dave Hill told the LA Times in 2006, “At high concentrations CO2 displaces oxygen from
your lungs. At seventy percent or eighty percent, it just
takes a couple of breaths… People can expire very quickly.” It is also important to note that the area
around Horseshoe Lake has one of the highest amounts of dangerous gas. So, although swimming is allowed in this alluring
body of water, you might want to refrain from jumping in, and don’t lay down on the ground
either! If the carbon dioxide levels rise suddenly,
you could risk meeting your maker. But, if you refuse to miss out on Horseshoe
Lake’s stunning sights, then pay close attention to the warning signs posted in the area. 6. Kipu Falls Another place you should avoid swimming in
is Kipu Falls on Hawaii’s island of Kauai. It is a beautiful and alluring attraction. But, it is also dangerous, and you should
never jump in. An article on the Huffington Post from 2011
noted that five visitors had met their demise at Kipu falls within the previous five years,
two of which had taken place between December 2010 and July 2011. It was a popular activity to jump from the
top of the cascade into the stunning aquamarine water twenty feet down. However, it has since become an off-limits
place for tourists. It is speculated that a strong whirlpool within
the waterhole is to blame. In June 2011, a thirty-five-year-old man named
Santhosh (san-toe-sh) Heddese lost his life after jumping from Kipu Falls. He was discovered at the bottom of the pool
about an hour later. Sue Kanoho of the Kauai Visitors Bureau tried
to get the message out to visitors by communicating with hotel concierges and tour companies that
Kipu Falls isn’t safe after the incident. She stated, “I’ve really asked the community
and the visitor industry, please, let’s not send people there.” Some Hawaiians believe that it could be an
angry spirit lizard living inside the pond that grabs people and drags them into a watery
grave. However, the official cause of these drownings
is unknown. Many people think that it is simply because
tourists aren’t used to swimming in a place with a current. But, even some native Hawaiians have passed
away here, including twenty-six-year-old Kulana (cool-ahna) Kauhi-Apao (cow-hee-oppo); he
passed in December 2010, and his mother said, “I kept thinking, something just held him
down there. What possibly could have sucked him back down
to the bottom of the pond?” Numerous other people have been hurt here
as well. Some of the wounds include rope burns, sprained
ankles, perforated eardrums, and chest injuries. There was also a young girl that jumped from
the waterfall and became paralyzed. 5. Hanakapiai Beach Hanakapiai (hahna-copy-eye) Beach is another
place in Hawaii where you should avoid taking a dip. It is in the Napali Coast and is accessible
by the Kalalau (kuh-luh-lau) Trail, about two miles from the beginning of the path. Many people are drawn to the beach because
it is quite a sight. But, it is a dangerous place to swim. As of 2014, there had already been eighty-two
fatalities due to drowning in the water in this area. There is even a sign with eighty-two tally
marks warning tourists not to go near the water. Apparently, there are at least fifteen people
who were never found. You’re probably wondering why this water
is so treacherous at this point. The culprit behind these drownings is a strong
current. If you try to go for a swim and get caught
up in a rip current, then you might never come back out. A rip current is a very powerful, narrow,
and restricted flow of water that moves away from shore. People often try to swim against the tide,
which can lead to exhaustion and cause them to drown. So, it’s probably best to stick to the hiking
trail and avoid this stretch of ocean. 4. Lava Lakes You can probably tell just by the name of
this place that it’s probably best not to leap in. But, you might not understand just how lethal
lava lakes can be. A particularly dangerous one is located on
Mount Nyiragongo (near-uh-gongo), a stratovolcano that reaches over eleven thousand feet in
height. Since 1882, this volcano has erupted around
thirty-four times. From 1894 to 1977, there was a lake of lava
inside the crater. In January 1977, the walls holding it in became
fractured, and the magma drained out in under an hour. It flowed up to forty miles per hour and caused
over seventy fatalities. However, the lava lake was formed again in
1994, and another eruption took place eight years later. Four hundred thousand people were evacuated,
but it isn’t only the lava itself that poses a threat. Around two hundred forty-five people passed
away from the carbon dioxide it emitted. So, not only should you not swim in the lava
lake, but you also want to stay as far away as possible! 3. Laguna Caliente This crater lake is located in central Costa
Rica near the Poas (po-az) Volcano summit. Considering Laguna Caliente’s name, you
might think that it’s dangerous because it is so hot. The temperature is definitely a concern, as
it gets up to two hundred degrees Fahrenheit. However, what’s more treacherous about this
body of water is its acidity. It is one of the most acidic lakes on Earth
with a content higher than that of a car battery. So, there’s no way you’d want to swim
in the water. But, that’s not the only thing you should
worry about if you walk near Laguna Caliente. The bottom of the lake has a coat of liquid
sulfur, which often results in acid fog and rain that can reach people who aren’t right
next to it. Plus, when the lava from Poas Volcano comes
into contact with the water, the immediate temperature increase creates an explosion
of steam similar to a geyser. Laguna Caliente isn’t easy to get to either
since the volcano is very active. So, it’s best just to stay far, far away
from this natural wonder. 2. New Smyrna Beach Another area you should avoid swimming is
New Smyrna Beach in Florida. Although the warm climate and tropical sights
draw tourists in, there is danger lying underneath the water’s surface. There’s a reason this beach earned the title
“Shark Attack Capital of the World.” Since 1882, there have been over two hundred
forty shark attacks in this area. In 2008, there were a whopping twenty-four
shark bites recorded. Apparently, you can’t even enter the water
without being within ten feet of one of these toothy creatures. One incident occurred in September 2003. A twenty-one-year-old surfer named Jimmy Arnold
was riding some waves when a shark bit down on his foot, and he had to get fifty stitches
to close the wounds. So, keep that in mind if you decide to risk
it all at New Smyrna Beach. 1. Berkeley Pit Berkeley Pit is in Butte, Montana. It’s about a mile long, a mile and a half
wide, and reaches depths up to one thousand seven hundred eighty feet. The reason you don’t want to swim here,
you ask? This pit is a former copper mine. The Anaconda Copper Mining Company opened
it in 1955, and it closed in 1982 on Earth Day. Afterward, the water pumps were shut off,
and groundwater began slowly filling the pit. Due to minerals decaying in the water, it
is very acidic. Its acidity level can be compared to that
of lemon juice. There are no animals that live in or near
Berkeley Pit. Records say that in 1995, a flock of snow
geese, three hundred forty-two strong, tried roost there for the night. However, the next day all of the geese had
passed away, and their innards were scorched by the lake’s toxic water. What are some other places you should never
take a dip? Let us know in the comments below!

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