9 Places You Should NEVER Go Swimming

From shark-infested beaches to bursting bodies
of water, today we look at Places You Should Never Go Swimming. #9 The Strid
Along the Yorkshire countryside, an English river carries on through mossy stones and
grassy meadows like a babbling brook straight from a storybook. But this is no mere creek or stray stream
as this area known as the Bolton Strid connects directly to the River Wharfe, a wide channel
of rushing water. So what happens to that strong current in
the Strid? It aims down! The horizontal currents that pull the water
of the River Wharfe downstream become vertical as a series of waterfalls and slopes cause
the water to calm on the surface but flow swiftly downward beneath it. This has resulted in shelves forming underwater
that act as traps for any creatures or people that should be so unlucky as to get pulled
under the current. No one knows how many have been taken by the
Strid, but local legend says no one has ever gone into the Bolton Strid and walked out
alive. #8 Hoover Dam
Standing along the border between Arizona and Nevada at more than 725 feet tall, the
towering man-made Hoover Dam is responsible for the creation of Lake Mead, a reservoir
formed from the Colorado River. This impressive structure has amassed its
share of casualties since its creation. During its construction, 96 industrial fatalities
were reported with dozens more lacking evidence of direct correlation to the job. In the past decade alone, more than 275 people
have perished at the dam, falling victim to its 10 powerful, hydroelectric turbines. One individual, however, narrowly survived
the swim in recent years. One August day in 2017, 28-year-old Aaron
Hughes of the United Kingdom decided to go for a dip during the celebration of a friends
bachelor party. In the span of 30 minutes Hughes swam from
the Colorado to the Nevada side of the river, all the while fighting a swift undercurrent. It wasn’t until he arrived on the opposite
beach that he learned all but one of the dam’s turbines had been turned off that day! Hughes was lucky, becoming the first living
man to swim that close to the Hoover Dam and escape with his life…plus a $330 fine from
local authorities. Besides Hoover Dam, other dams can have large
bellmouth spillways with extremely strong currents that can suck a person into them. It’s safe to say you should never swim near
a dam. #7 New Smyrna [smur-nuh] Beach
On the central east coast of Florida, the city of New Smyrna [smur-nuh] Beach is one
of the most popular surf spots on the East Coast. It is also the shark attack capital of the
world, with the surrounding county of Volusia [vuh-loo-shuh] tallying up an approximate
10% of last year’s global shark attacks. Though many reasons may account for the high
amount of attacks here, scientists have an idea as to what in particular is to blame. The most obvious possibility is that sheer
numbers are at fault, with a relatively small beach often playing host for up to 300 surfers
on a given day. Experts estimate that anyone who has swam
on the New Smyrna [smur-nuh] Beach coast has probably swam within 10 feet of a shark. That being said, unlike the treacherous depths
of the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic doesn’t hide any 30-foot Great White nightmares. Instead, much smaller sharks tend to make
up the predatory field of the East Coast and all of the shark attacks in Volusia [vuh-loo-shuh]
County last year were non-fatal. #6 Bubbly Creek
Within the boundaries of Chicago city limits, separating Bridgeport and McKinley Park, Bubbly
Creek froths and pops with menacing consequence. Liquid proof of the evils of irresponsible
industrialization, this portion of the Chicago River is as historically important as it is
disgusting. In the midst of the 19th century the wetlands
surrounding what would be known as Bubbly Creek was utilized as an open sewer for local
stockyards. Along though with the mass amounts of unregulated
livestock droppings, butchers and meatpackers would use the area to as a dumping ground. As the meats began to decompose below the
creek’s surface, methane and hydrogen sulfide began to bubble up, polluting the water as
well as the air around it. The creek became so wretched, so quickly,
that the stream became a talking point in 1906 in Upton Sinclair’s famous investigative
criticism of America’s meatpacking industry, the novel The Jungle. Today, attempts to restore and oxygenate the
creek have been made, however through contamination and damage to sediments within the water may
very well keep the Bubbly Creek bubbly for a little while longer. #5 Exploding Lakes
With the number of world-ending movies that have hit Hollywood over the years, it’s
fairly normal to think oneself an expert on natural disasters. But the Jerry Bruckheimers and Michael Bays
of the world didn’t tell us about exploding lakes. Formed from waters saturated with gases, the
few reported exploding lakes, or limnic eruptions, have shown high amounts of carbon dioxide
as the main component. The effects of the carbon dioxide in the water
resemble that of a can of soda, with the high pressured areas of these lakes keeping the
carbonation at bay until something triggers a release in pressure. In lakes, where pressure is greatest in the
deepest points, this means the carbon dioxide is held deep beneath the surface. But unlike a can of soda, there’s no tab
to puncture and release the pressure. Instead, something as slight as a temperature
change in the water can trigger it, causing a massive eruption and creating a cloud capable
of literally suffocating nearby organisms. Two examples of limnic eruptions occurred
in Cameroon during the mid-1980s, with nearly 40 casualties the first time and almost 1,750
in the second incident. These mysterious tragedies left scientists
puzzled, but tests and research finally led to the discovery of these highly concentrated
gas lakes. In addition to suffocating clouds of carbon
vapor, scientists found these explosions may even be responsible for tsunamis due to the
sheer amount of displaced water. After some time, preventative measures were
taken to try and degas the lakes and prevent future explosions. Large pipes now exist in the known exploding
lakes to vent any dangerous gases that might otherwise permeate the water. Some scientists, however, don’t believe
these pipes vent enough gas to truly prevent another limnic eruption. #4 Berkeley Pit
In 1955, a company known as Anaconda Copper opened a large copper mine in Butte [byoot],
Montana. The Berkeley Pit, an open pit copper mine,
was built and expanded to a whopping 1,780 feet deep, and measured one mile in length
and half a mile wide. But it closed in 1982 on Earth Day and, once
nearby water pumps for another mine were turned off, began to fill with groundwater. At a rate of one foot of water per month the
mine became an acidic lake as the water has shown pH levels similar to citrus juice or
soda. This, in turn, led to the stripping of minerals
from within the mine, saturating the water with dangerous chemicals from elements such
as arsenic, cadmium, copper, sulfuric acid and zinc. As a result, the Berkeley Pit has garnered
a lot of government focus as one of the most polluted sites in the United States in need
of treatment. You can currently go visit the pit for $2,
just don’t get too close. No people have been documented as having been
injured or worse by the pit, but geese have attempted to sit in its waters or turn to
it for shelter only to suffer a gruesome, copper-coated fate in return. #3 Lake Karachay
In 1948, hidden from a belligerent outer world, Soviet Russia finished construction on what
would be the first reactor used to create plutonium for the communist state. The focus of the project at the time was to
match the American supply of weapons and technology, a directive motivated by the incidents in
Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Due to the sense of urgency tied to the project,
environmental and worker safety precautions were thrown to the wayside. The plant itself over-produced plutonium and
used an open cooling system, causing most everything, including thousands of gallons
of water being used as an air conditioner, to be contaminated. A large natural lake nearby called Kyzyltash
[kiz-zil-tash] provided most of the water for the cooling system, while the smaller
Lake Karachay was designed as a temporary radioactive dump. Millions have fallen ill with radiation sickness
due to Lake Karachay and it is currently recognized as the most polluted place on Earth. The high levels of radiation surrounding the
lake are so strong that even 30 minutes near the wrong shore could prove fatal. Nearby populations have reported up to 65%
of the population suffers from chronic sickness as contaminated materials have made their
way into the sediments of not only these lakes but local rivers as well. Even the dust of Lake Karachay has shown to
afflict the public as half a million people were irradiated due to drought in 1968. In an attempt to offset the spread of this
pollution, the lake has been filled with concrete. So whether you’re avoiding nuclear waste
or afraid of diving onto concrete, there’s really no good reason to go anywhere near
this Lake Karachay. #2 Eagle’s Nest Sinkhole
The idea of diving head-first into a giant sink may give you the heebie-jeebies, with
the inescapable visual of massive sewer pipes, but it’s not the gunk and grime that should
scare you. It’s the treachery of the naturally forming,
twisting pipelines responsible for diver fatalities around the world that you need to watch out
for. And no sinkhole is quite as terrifying as
Eagle’s Nest in West-Central Florida. With the above-ground appearance of a local
pond, the murky depths lie in wait of courageous divers undeterred by past cave casualties. The cave itself is an advanced dive reaching
more than 300 feet in depth. Its complex system of branching tunnels that
twist and turn back on itself has caused many divers to experience issues getting out. More than ten victims have fallen in this
particular sinkhole, with the most recent loss taking place in 2017. Needless to say, it is not advised to swim
here alone…and especially not too deep. #1 The Boiling Lake
Putting your hot tub to shame, this bubbling body of water is capable of heat measurements
of 197 degrees Fahrenheit. Located in Dominica’s World Heritage site,
the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, the Boiling Lake is actually a gas-and-steam-emitting
cleft in the Earth’s crust called a fumarole [fyoom-uh-roll]. Having been flooded, the waters of this boiling
basin constantly froth and foam with the heated gases that rise to the surface. These hot fumes erupt from a volcanic source
beneath the island, a common origin point for various geysers and volcanic areas found
throughout the rest of the National Park. These gases are so dense, in fact, that visitors
to the lake are warned to keep their distance as even a close proximity to the lake can
prove fatal due to asphyxiation

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