What makes an ideal vacation? The strong ocean waves, the cool summer breeze, and the perfect warm sand found in a beach would come to mind. But, you have to be careful. Not all beaches are as perfect as they seem. Some may just have sharks lurking around in their waters that can turn your ideal vacation into your worst nightmare! Nobody wants to swim in shark infested waters so here is a list of the world’s most shark infested beaches.
- New Smyrna Beach, Florida
This beach is also known as the shark capital of the world. The sharks in Florida are known to attack humans, so whenever you are surfing its Atlantic waters, be very careful. Sharks commonly found in this beach include tiger sharks, spinner and blacktip sharks.
- Gansbaai, South Africa (also known as Shark Alley)
This beach is famous as the great white shark capital of the world. These sharks are large predators known for their very sharp teeth, enormous mouths and powerful eyes, making them quite scary and amusing. Gansbaai is now more of a tourist spot with its great whites as its main attraction. For those that are brave and looking for adventure while on a tour to this beach, there are boats that show divers being submerged in a cage and using a dangle to attract the great white sharks to the cages. For those that are less adventurous, you can sit back and just watch the sharks feast on seals. This beach is not an advisable location for a swim at any time of the day, or night.
- Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
This is the largest lake in Central America. It is not a very safe place to swim. Furthermore, this freshwater lake is highly infested with bull sharks, making it a more dangerous place. It was previously believed that these sharks were trapped in the freshwater lake, but further research later showed that these sharks were actually able to jump to the San Juan River. Even though there are not much reports of deaths caused by shark attack in this lake, just the thought of its presence in the waters will keep you away.
- Reunion Island
Believed to have recorded one of the highest number of shark attacks in the world, the Reunion Island is isolated. Since 1980, this island has recorded more than 24 confirmed shark-attack related death. You are sure to have a dreadful encounter with sharks if you stay near the coasts of this island. The types of sharks found in the waters of the Reunion Island are the most aggressive type (tiger and bull sharks). All the beaches on this island are not safe.
- West End, Grand Bahamas
The beautiful West End Beach area in the Bahamas is home to numerous species of sharks like tiger sharks, bull sharks, hammerheads and blacktips. Although the area is quite popular for its brutal shark attacks, there are people who still dive there frequently. Maybe the risk of getting eaten by a shark excites them. Not me sha.
If you are looking for a place to have a full beach vacation, you can cross the above listed areas off your list. Unless you fancy a one on one with a shark!
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