Swimmers Beware: The Most Dangerous Waters On EarthThe Earth Site
Of all the places on Earth, the ocean that covers about 70 percent of our planet is a place of incredible beauty as well as extreme danger. And more than 95 percent of Earth’s water is contained in its five different oceans.
But in between the waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, Indian, and Southern Oceans, there are plenty of other places that contain spectacularly dangerous aquatic locations.
Below, you will learn about some of the most dangerous waters in the world, ranging from lakes, underwater labyrinths, to massive ocean holes.
So if you ever find yourself in one of these locations, make sure to have a real professional close by and be extremely careful.
The Great Blue Hole, Belize
This massive ocean hole that is 984 feet wide and 410 feet deep is not only the world’s deepest underwater sinkhole, but it is also one of the most dangerous.
Undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau made this hole incredibly famous when he declared it part of the top 10 world’s best diving locations in 1971.
But divers need to be very aware when exploring its depths because its tides create powerful swirling vortexes that can suck in almost anything (or anyone). Also, because of its extreme depth, when something goes wrong on a dive, it can become quickly fatal without proper training.
Lake Michigan, Michigan
The second largest Great Lake that borders the entire western side of The Mitten State is easily one of the best summer recreation lakes for people who live nearby.
During the warm summer months, the water can reach temperatures of more than 70 degrees, making it incredible for swimming. But it also contains some of the most dangerous water currents of all the Great Lakes.
It averages about six current-related deaths per year, which is three times more than the next highest Great Lake. It also can have incredibly powerful, large waves that can reach heights of 20-23 feet.
Jacob’s Well, Texas
This 30-foot natural well fed by incredibly crystal-clear spring water has been a long-time attraction for Texas locals during the swelteringly hot summer months.
Unfortunately, the attractiveness of the cool, clear water is offset by the dangerous tunnels and caves that litter the bottom of the well.
So far, eight people have been killed after diving too deep and becoming unable to make their way back to the surface.
The opening is also only 13 feet wide, so for daredevils and thrill seekers who like to jump from the nearby rocks into the water, there isn’t much of a gap between nice, clear water and extremely hard rock.