Most people see islands as a beautiful and amongst the best sites to spend a vacation on but did you know that there are some islands on this planet where you once go, you will probably not return, not in one piece or not alive. Astonishingly, most of these islands were rendered dangerous due to human activities while only some are dangerous due to natural causes. Here are 5 of those deadliest, most dangerous islands where you should never set foot on
- Ramree Island: Burma
The Ramree island in Burma does not have a pleasant history. During the Second World War, the Japanese were defeated by the British and tried to escape through the island’s swamp. What they didn’t know that the island’s main population was Salt Water Crocodiles. There are thousands of them. Not a single soldier could escape and all 400 of them were taken alive by the predators. (According to a report, some of the soldiers survived the crocs and later died of dehydration or dysentery). The Guinness Book of World Record has listed the incident as the greatest disaster suffered by humans by animals.
2. Ilha da Queimada Grande: Brazil
Ilha de Queimada Grande is a small island situated off the coast of Brazil. It is also known as Snake Island. The island is the home to the venomous and critically endangered golden lancehead pit viper. The snakes got trapped on the island when the rising sea levels covered up the land connecting the island to the mainland. This made them adapt to the environment and a rapid increase in their population, there are thousands of them now. What a happy ending for these endangered species! The venom from this snake is capable of melting the human tissues and meat and cause brain hemorrhage, kidney failure, and instant death. The Brazilian navy has banned public from this island. Only some specifically sanctioned scientific research teams are allowed to go in there. There was once a lighthouse with men in there, but now it has been automated.
3. Gruinard Island: Scotland
The oval-shaped small Scottish island had a population of 6 people in total by 1881 but it has been inhabited since the 1920s. The island was kept under secret due to the warfare biological experiments carried out by the British government. The scientists experimented with the Anthrax Bacterium which killed all the animal species on the island and contaminated the soil. It was deemed expensive to decontaminate it for public visits but eventually, it was disinfected by the 20th century. As till 2007, no Anthrax has been found in the island flocks but the human population still remains zero.
4. Vozrozhdeniya Island: Uzbekistan
Voz Island floats on the Aral Sea and its territory is split between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. In 1948, a top-secret Soviet laboratory was constructed there experimenting on bioweapons whilst testing on a variety of agents such as smallpox, anthrax, plague, brucellosis, and tularemia. In 1971, weaponized smallpox was released accidentally from the lab which infected ten people, eventually killing three of them. When the secrecy got compromised in the 1990s by one of Soviet’s own defectors, the island inhabitants were evacuated and the base was completely abandoned till 1991. It became a ghost town. Many of the containers left behind were not properly destroyed or sealed and have developed leaks over the last decade. Though many of the sites were decontaminated by 2002, the island still scares the people to be living on it.
5. Reunion Island: Indian Ocean
This island has been inhabited since the 17th century. The island is amazingly beautiful and a tourist attraction. The problem is that the water surrounding it has a huge number of sharks! During 2011 and 2015, 17 shark attacks have been reported out of which 7 were fatal. In 2013, there was a ban on swimming, surfing, and bodyboarding on more than half of the coast. The prefect of Reunion also announced that 45 bull sharks and 45 tiger sharks will be culled from the waters. Now that is good news but go swim around at your own risk.