11 Most Dangerous Waters in The World

We all love to swim and to look for sea shells and some small funny fishes. But sometimes you can feel threatened by swimming, you feel that cold water going around you and you see the change of water color. That is the moment when your heart starts pounding and you swim as fast as you can towards the shore. That is your body telling you that you are in danger and it knows that because we still have that primal genetical memory transfer through the generations. That is just like everyone’s fear of the dark. Our ancestors were afraid of the dark because of nocturnal creatures they couldn’t see because of the dark. Just like that, our body is afraid of water because of the dangers in it. Let’s take a look at some of those places.


Great Blue Hole, Belize


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We have already written about this place which was made popular by Jacque Cousteau. It is safe to dive but only to some degree. If you go far enough nobody can save you. The currents are so strong that that can pull you all the way to the bottom.

Jacob’s Well, Texas, USA


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This is where nature is trying to test us. Jacob’s Well is a 30 foot deep well with pure water. It is quite tempting and you simply want to see what lies in it, but there are many who tried to see and have never come back from it. Allegedly, there is an entrance to a network of caves at the bottom of that well, but that was told only by those few who came back.

Lake Michigan, USA


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Lake Michigan is a beautiful piece of nature but there is something strange with it. It has currents so strong and so unpredictable that it annually takes several dozens of lives.

Lake Natron, Tanzania


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This lake is maybe the strangest lake in the world. It is so salty that it sometimes becomes red. Apart from its saltiness, its temperature goes up to 50°C (120°F). That lake in that kind of condition is something you don’t see every day. It’s almost like something you would expect to find on some other planet. As such, it is unhabitable for everything except for 4 kinds of fishes.


Blue Hole, Dahab


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It is astonishing how deep blue holes in oceans and seas attract divers from all over the world. It is fine if those divers are experienced, but if a novice tries to dive, he or she doesn’t know what to expect. Those experienced say that diving into that big hole is not a problem and that it is not dangerous as long as you know what you are doing. The real danger comes from nitrogen narcosis and that happens when you dive deeper than 30 meters (100ft).

Horseshoe Lake, USA


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There are fissures at the bottom of Horseshoe Lake. Those fissures emit carbon dioxide and it is practically poisonous for the entire surrounding area and you can see that at the first glance. All the trees around the lake are dead. Earthquakes in 1989 and 1990 opened pathways for carbon dioxide to rise to the surface from magma below. That is the main reason.

Boiling Lake, Dominica


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This is a lake with beautiful color but temperatures in it rise up to 198°F (92°C). The main cause for that is probably lava running deep beneath the lake. It is not necessary to say that swimming is strictly prohibited.

Rio Tinto, Portugal, Spain


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Rio Tinto river is known for its red color. It has been used for mining operations since ancient times by Iberians, Tertessians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and in modern times by Spanish companies. It is rich with copper, silver, gold and other minerals. It has been speculated that mining operations are the ones to blame for the pollution but we will never know since mining began over 5000 years ago.


Did we say that the river is poisonous?

Drake Passage


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That is a body of water between South America;s Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands of Antartica. The problem with it is an army of icebergs followed by winds running 80 miles per hour backed up by strong currents and very poor visibility. It is quite a challenge for any captain to drive its ship through it. True ship cemetery.

Lake Kivu


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Lake Kivu is located between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. The danger lies within the 55 Billion cubic meters of methane at the bottom of the lake. The tinnies earthquake can transform this lake into an atomic bomb which could kill over 2 million people living in its vicinity.

Bonus Content – We are not Dice, you don’t need to pay for it.


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You certainly like to swim. And you have probably felt something rubbing your body while swimming or just standing in water. In most cases that are bags or some small fishes… but in some cases that could be either a Lamprey, hagfish, leech or some other creatures of the depth. Be careful when choosing the location for your “fun time”.