The World’s 10 Most Dangerous Bodies Of Water

Planning a vacation? You might want to think twice before jumping in these dangerous waters.

A stroll along the coastline is the most fun part of many people’s vacation.

However, while planning your next trip, you might want to cross off some bodies of water from your list as they can be deadly for enthusiasts.

To make it easier for you, we jotted down the 10 most dangerous bodies waters in the world.

  1. Great Blue Hole, Belize


The Great Blue Hole is a giant submarine sinkhole located off the coastline of Belize. The hole is circular in shape, more than 300 meters across and 108 meters deep. It is also considered a diving paradise and French explorer Jacques Cousteau called it one of the best places for diving on Earth.

However, you might want to give a thought before diving into it as tides turn the hole into a huge vortex that draws in everything on the surface.

  1. Jacob’s Well, Texas


Located northwest of Wimberley, Texas, Jacob's Well is a perennial karstic spring in the Texas Hill Country flowing from the bed of Cypress Creek. The 30 feet natural well is also considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous diving spots.

Right at the bottom of the cave, entrance to a broad network of cave opens. The well has a mysterious history as several people have died while trying to find their way out of the caves.

  1. Lake Michigan, United States 


It is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and is also considered to be the most dangerous one. Since 2002, the 307-mile lake has had 82 drownings and 243 rescues of swimmers caught in currents. Although all Great Lakes possess danger, Lake Michigan is a step ahead.

"There are layers upon layers of threats that could pose problems for swimmers. Its physical makeup helps create large waves, especially when winds blow from the north and west,” said Bob Dukesherer, a senior forecaster and marine program leader for the weather service office in Grand Rapids.

  1. Lake Natron, Tanzania


The mineral-rich soda lake is located in northern Tanzania just at the border with Kenya. It is one the saltiest and alkaline lakes in the world. The salt level in the lake makes it unfit for humans and in certain places, the water temperature also rises to 120°F (50°C).

The salt content in the lake is as high as pH 10.5. The lake also has the capability of burning skin and eyes of animals that are not adapted to the extreme conditions. Only three kinds of fish can survive in the lake.

  1. Blue Hole, Egypt


The hole is located a few kilometers north of Dahab, Egypt, on the coast of the Red Sea. The diving and snorkeling site is considered to be deadly as many divers have died in this 400-foot deep cave. One of the main reasons of the causalities is insufficient air capacity.

However, according to experienced divers, a person with sufficient training and experience can jump into the water without fear.

  1. Horseshoe Lake, United States

The Arkansas lake is considered to be dangerous because of the carbon dioxide emissions. It's not just bad for humans; trees growing 100 acres around the lake also die because of the deadly emissions.

According to scientists, the gas being released from a gas reservoir has existed for a long period of time deep under Mammoth Mountain. It is also believed that earthquake was the main cause of opening paths for the gas to travel up to the surface.

  1. Boiling Lake, Dominica


Situated in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Dominica's World Heritage site, the lake filled with bubbling grayish-blue water is usually enveloped in a cloud of vapor. The temperature of the lake can rise up to 198°F (92°C).

Boiling of the water in the lake is unpredictable and can start any minute, which is why swimming in the lake is strictly prohibited.

  1. Rio Tinto, Portugal/Spain


The Río Tinto is a river in southwestern Spain that originates in the Sierra Morena mountains of Andalusia. More than 3,000, fossil excavations have been carried out at the head of the river. Due to the digging, the water is saturated with copper, iron and heavy metals, and the acidity levels are sky-high.

The water of the river is red in color due to the river’s own ecosystem that includes bacteria.

  1. Drake Passage


The Drake Passage is a water body located between South America's Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. Strong winds, lots of icebergs, strong currents and poor visibility are some of the reasons the water passage makes it nearly impossible for ships to maneuver.

  1. Lake Kivu


Lake Kivu is one of the Great African lakes and lies between the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.

The lake may seem peaceful on the outside, but it may not be a good idea hopping in because there are layers of CO2 in it and 55 billion cubic meters of methane at the bottom. Even a slight earthquake can cause a big explosion that may affect 2 million people living around the lake.

Banner, Spotlight: Reuters, Brian Snyder

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