5 Bay of Benga
Unless you like potential poisoning, including from irradiated materials, don’t go swimming in most of the Bay of Bengal. The waters of this once lovely bay are filled with runoff from sewage and farming, byproducts of mining and industry, and oil- and gas-related pollutants. The air above the bay is often brown with a mix of smog and smoke – so don’t breathe much while you’re there, either.
4 Copacabana Beach
What’s the deadliest animal on earth? Why man, of course! And it’s good old mankind that makes Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana Beach so deadly. There were well over 3,000 murders in Rio in 2012 alone, and that year was a record low! In fact, the homicide rate in this swinging yet troubled town has been steadily declining, but from drug and gang violence to predation on tourists, Rio de Janeiro remains wildly violent. And while Copacabana Beach may be the subject of a famous song or two, it’s also a great place to get robbed, shot, and/or stabbed.
3 North Shore of Oahu
Unless you like dying while surfing, don’t surf off the beaches of the North Shore of Oahu. The infamous Banzai Pipeline waves there are considered the most lethal worldwide. Even professional surfers routinely lose their lives at the Pipeline. If it’s not drowning that does it, it will probably be impact with the shallow coral reefs.
2 Volusia County Bay
Sharks have gotten a bad rap when it comes to injuring or killing humans. This may be due to the fact that they are terrifying death machines consisting mostly of teeth and a torpedo-like body designed to propel those teeth. Still, you’re more likely to die from a bee sting or slipping in the shower. But you might still want to avoid Volusia County, Florida area beaches. This Atlantic coast county has seen more than 200 attacks in the last 150 years.
1 Fraser Island, Australia
If you like living, you may want to avoid the beaches of Fraser Island, Australia. The waters surrounding this admittedly beautiful island are teeming with sharks, rays, and highly poisonous jellies. Also there are saltwater crocodiles. If those don’t get you, the riptide might lead to drowning. And if you make it back onto shore, watch out for multiple species of venomous snakes, plus packs of hungry dingoes.