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The World’s Deadliest Beaches

Dangerous sea creatures, big waves, shark infested oceans and air pollution are just some of the many things you need to take caution to when visiting the world’s deadliest beaches.

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Some of the world’s deadliest sharks include the great white shark, tiger shark, bull shark and blacktip shark. Beware of big waves, strong currents and dangerously cold temperatures. These are the world’s deadliest beaches.

Cape Tribulaton, Australia

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Cape Tribulaton is said to be unsafe due to its immense amount of dangerous animals. There are tons of jellyfish and it is not safe to swim near the mouths of the rivers because of crocodile warnings. Venomous snakes and cassowaries have also been spotted. According to The Cairns Post, a 46-year-old woman is believed to have been taken by a crocodile while swimming at Thornton beach, a beach in Cape Tribulaton.

Gansbaai, South Africa

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[Related: The World’s Deadliest Sharks] Also called “Shark Alley,” this beach is known as the great white shark capitol of the world. It is so infested with sharks that they have actually created shark tours for tourists. Locals claim that visitors have a 99 percent chance of seeing a great white between April to September.

Nazare, Portugal

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Also known as “Portugal’s Monster,” Nazare is a gorgeous vacation destination with some of the biggest and deadliest waves ever surfed. "In Nazare," a Hawaiian surfer told Time, "the ocean is known as a place of death, not of riding waves" (npr.org). Nazare’s waves are created much larger due to the Nazare Canyon. They are so dangerous that big-wave surfer Maya Gabeira was nearly killed during a wipeout in 2013.

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

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[Related: Florida’s Best Beaches] New Smyrna is known as the shark attack capitol of the world. Be careful when surfing out in the Atlantic, Florida sharks are known to attack humans. Common sharks in New Smyrna beach include blacktip, spinner and tiger sharks.

Heard Island, Antarctica

[Related: The Most Thrilling Adventures in Antarctica] If you enjoy surfing and can handle rough weather conditions, Heard Island is the place for you. However, the sea can get dangerously cold, and it could take a long time for someone to get to you if you call for help. The island is far from everything. Many people have reported hypothermia.

Coffin Bay, Australia

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Coffin Bay is well-known for its recreational water activities. However, victims are usually attacked by sharks while surfing, snorkeling, boating, swimming and diving. The most common shark on this beach is the great white. In 2011 a man went diving from the port of Coffin Bay and was attacked by two sharks. His body never returned to the surface.

Tiger Beach, West End, Grand Bahamas

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Tiger Beach got its name from its vast amount of tiger sharks. It is one of the most popular destinations for shark diving; try a shark cage diving adventure. Hop in a metal cage about 30 feet underwater and come face to face with deadly sharks.

Black Sand Beach, Kilauea, Hawaii

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Hawaii is known for its incredible beaches and luxurious resorts; however, vacationing there has its risks. The black sand beach at Kilauea sits next to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, according to the Chicago Tribune. It has had 102 shark attacks since 1828.

Jaws- Pe’ahi, Maui, Hawaii

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This big wave beach got its name from the terrifying shark thriller. It is home to some of the world’s most dangerous waves. From November to March the swells can reach up to 70 feet and can catch speeds up to 30 miles per hour. The unpredictable break shifts cause hazardous risks for surfers.

Snake Island, Brazil

[Related:The Most Dangerous Sea Creatures We Never Want to Encounter Snake Island, also known as Ilha de Queimada Grande, is home to the “world’s deadliest snake” – the golden lancehead viper. Its venom is said to literally melt human flesh. Access to this island has been banned due to people being killed in the past.

Hanakapiai Beach, Hawaii

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This beach is mainly accessible via the Kalalau Trail, it has no road access. The conditions at this beach are said to be extremely hazardous; getting caught in a rip current is common. “The currents in the region are so powerful that the bodies of at least 15 drowning victims have yet to be recovered,” says Kauai Beach Scoop. It is highly recommended to stay out of the water at this beach.

Chowpatty Beach, India

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[Related: 15 Dirtiest Cities in the World] This beach has a reputation as one of the world’s most polluted beaches; visitors have said the water is full of fecal matter and the sand is full of debris and scraps from salvaged ships. Air pollution can cause serious health issues ranging from minor upper respiratory irritation to lung cancer and chronic respiratory and heart disease.