Check out these dangerous places you should never swim! From dangerous beaches with sharks lurking underwater to other popular tourist destinations, this top 10 list of scariest places to swim in the world should definitely be avoided!
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8. Berkeley Pit
If you’re in Butte, Montana and have 2 dollars to spend, then you might want to consider visiting Berkeley Pit. It is one of the only places in the world where you can pay to see toxic waste. It’s pretty easy, just pay the $2 admission fee and enter the viewing platform. The Berkeley Pit is a former open pit copper mine that is filled with highly acidic water. There are metals and toxic chemicals that seep out of the rocks, including copper, iron, arsenic, cadmium, zinc and sulfuric acid!
Of course, you don’t need me to tell you what would happen if you went for a swim there. The pit was closed in 1982, the groundwater slowly filled the pit and now, it is a serious environmental problem. In 1995 a flock of geese landed in the water and over 342 dead geese were recovered.
But the place is not really lifeless. New fungal and bacterial species have been found to have adapted to the extremely harsh conditions inside the pit. An even more interesting discovery was that these species developed a better production of highly toxic compounds to improve their chances for survival. Some of these might be useful against cancer!
However, there are other things about the Berkeley Pit the State of Montana should be concerned about. The water level in the pit is constantly rising. This is a very big problem because if the water level reaches the critical point it will contaminate the nearby ground water of the entire Butte valley which is home to more than 30,000 people! A water treatment plant was built in 2003 to help avoid this catastrophe and hopefully this year, 2018, the facility will be able to treat and divert the deadly water.
7. The Drake Passage
Back in the day, if you wanted to travel from the west coast of America to the east coast, you had to travel south and pass through what is known as the Drake Passage. This is where the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern seas converge, and it is the fastest way to get to Antarctica. The Drake Passage is almost 1000 km wide and the current creates some extremely choppy water. Combine that with unpredictable weather and you can either have the smoothest water ever or an extremely violent journey.
Aside from the harsh weather, the Drake Passage is also known for its cold and deep waters. The waters are actually among the coldest on earth! And its average depth is of about 11,000 feet! Extremely large cargo ships that cannot go through the Panama Canal, are forced to go the long way around the Americas and go through the Drake Passage. Before the Panama Canal, the safest, most trafficked route to reach LA or San Francisco from New York was to go down to Cape Horne and around the west coast. It would take about 90 days.
There are many cruises that you can take to Antarctica and despite the rough crossing, many people say its worth it for the spectacular landscape and wildlife that you can see including dolphins, whales, and many kinds of birds. It is apparently quite the adventure!
Just make sure to take your motion sickness pill!! And whatever you do, don’t fall into the water!!
6. Saco River
Saco River is a popular recreational river and many people come here to visit every year hoping to cool off and have some fun. Located between New Hampshire and Maine, it is 220 km long. It passes through several counties and towns before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean at Saco Bay. You can camp near the river, rent a canoe, go tubing, or simply enjoy its beauty along the shore. It really sounds like a very nice place to spend your free time. If you ask the right person, that is.
There is a reason Saco River is on the list, after all! There is a local legend that the river is cursed. The story goes that in 1675, three drunken English sailors encountered a woman from the Sokokis tribe with her child. They made a bet about a European myth that stated that an Indian baby can swim upon birth as animals do. They attacked the woman, took her child and threw it in the lake where it drowned.
The woman’s husband, Squandro, the chief of the Sokokis tribe, cursed the river “to claim three lives every year until all white men fled its banks!”
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