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River Monsters | River Dangers |Reasons Why Never Go Swimming in Unfamiliar Riverways

Updated on May 20, 2012

River's Edge, Beautiful but Dangerous

River Dangers: This Hub Comes with a Warning to viewers

My intention is not to gross you out or scare you to death or give you nightmares into the following year. My intentions are to warn readers about the many dangers lurking in what may seem like friendly riverways. Murky water has unseen dangers to people. We should all be aware of the river monsters and take caution when enjoying nature. Nature is to be respected, doing so can save your life or that of your family members. Warning: the following videos can be quite alarming to the viewer.

Swimming with River Monsters is not a good idea

No matter where you are in the world, there are monsters in the riverways. From Africa to New Zealand to America...riverways can be a very dangerous place to take a little dip on a heated afternoon. Beware of the unknown lurking in the murkiness. If you are going touring in unchartered riverways, become aware of the nature of the river you consider embarking. Find out what impending dangers exist in the rivers from the locals. If warnings exists, Take heed. When locals are concerned enough to warn about potential risks, that is good enough for me.

The unseen dangers could be fatal.

Pythons & Alligators: I cannot imagine encountering either of these river monsters

River Monsters: Water Moccasins of the South

If you're from the southern states in North America, you are very familiar with the water moccasin or what some call cotton mouths. When I was a kid, I had a water experience where I was chased by a water moccasin and almost bitten. My mother grabbed me by the arm and out of the water just in the knick of time. We were all running about on the banks of the river, playing in the small waves lapping the banks of the river made from the boats moving about towing skiers. The snake was sunning itself on the end of the pier until startled and it fled into the water. Not long thereafter the snake was quickly approaching the ankles of the kids running on the banks. The fun turned into fear as we fled up the hill and into the car. It was a Bummer.

You have got to be INSANE to go near any water that could possibly have this river monster

I watched this next video twice, I just couldn't believe this man would consider jumping into this river to catch this fish. What was he thinking. Africa does have the most outrageous river monsters for sure. This fish looks like a piranha shark. I was so alarmed by this video I started searching for other river monster videos and I was shocked to see just how many serious river monsters are stalking the world's riverways. Bathers Beware.

WHAT??? REALLY?? African Tigerfish - Piranha

River Shark

A Shark in the River?

Talking about a river shark, did you know that a shark would come into the riverway to breed? Who would have thought to consider encountering a shark in a riverway. Murky waters are not a place to go for a swim.


No Word...It's just crazy

If you ever saw the movie know that scene where the elderly woman takes a lovely walk down to the river and sits on the edge of the pier and puts her legs down into the cool still water on a hot day. As she enjoys the refreshing sensation of the guessed it, she has her flesh eaten down to the bone in seconds. I will never forget that scene as long as I live, I was horrified.

Flesh ripping Eels

More Dangerous River Monsters

Flesh Eating eels and snapping turtles... oh my. What else can be said about murky waters and river monsters things that like to eat moving objects...namely you. Ouch!!! Shocking.

Give me a clear pool any time.

Giant Snapping Turtles


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    • agusfanani profile image


      6 years ago from Indonesia

      A very interesting hub, people give advice that more cautions should be given to rivers with (deep) calm water since it may pose more threats like crocodiles, snakes living in it than the one with flowing water.

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      6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      I apologize for making your eyes pop out, yikes, I didn't mean to do it. Smiles. Yes, makes you think twice before taking a plunge into murky waters for sure. My husband and I canoed down the Potomac River a couple years ago for a picnic on the water. During that trip people were swimming off the side of large round raft. (I wrote a hub on it) All I could think about was the movie pirrahna not to mention the large rocks peeking up from the bottom. Thanks for stoppin in and commenting on your experience.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Intriguing hub. We see these things on TV but to encounter them in real life is a whole other story! You've done a nice job of bringing these dangers to life and included some eye-opening videos. Voted up.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      6 years ago from Mumbai,India

      This is a highly informative hub for those who are crazy of water. I've heard of river monsters in folktales only, but you showed me them that they exist really.

      Up and interesting.

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      6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Thanks for coming by KDuBarry03, Sounds like you had the same experience i had, I was so amazed that i too had to go on searching for more. I guess that is why we are known to write about our ventures. smiles.

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      6 years ago

      Wow, this is a very interesting Hub! I couldn't help but go on youtube and watch the full River Monster's episode on piranhas! It is definitely important to know what kind of predators there are in your general area.

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      6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Thanks Rosemary50, I love the water, though, from the shore. Motion sickness is a big problem for me. As a youth, fishing, hiking, and riverside activities were a familiar activity. Today, I am leary about what dangers lurk in the streams. More cautious as we age I guess. Thanks for coming by.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Good and scary indeed, I may never set foot in a river again. Those videos are enough to put anyone off.

      Some great information here and you have done a good job to make people aware of the dangers that may lurk.

      Great hub

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      Lawrence Da-vid 

      6 years ago

      Ever since the film's "Jaw's", "It came from beneath," and lately "lake placid" I don't go into any deep water unless it's an olympic pool or my tub....and even then, I refuse to use the tub.....not from fear of something that might come thru the drain.....But at this time, and weight of my life, I need a crane to get out. "Talk about a beached whale!!!!!" I do agree, however, as youngsters, we never feared jumping into merky water.....but since our brain is enguaged....who knows what lurks below that surface, especially the further south you go.

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      6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Hi wewillmake, yes I agree with your comment. There are also many other hazards when rafting down a river for sure. Check out my hub about Having a picnic on the Potomac River in a Mad River Canoe. There were huge rocks everywhere. smiles. It was so fun.

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      6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Thanks for coming by point2make, my family was fishing for sunnies off a little bridge in Avon, NC. Lots of little snappers were trying to get the bait off the hook and we would pull it away when the turtles attempted. All of the sudden we saw the ancient. This turtle could be ridden. Where did it come from....the deep parts of the little water inlet in our community. The head was the szi of a mans fist. I imagine if you were to step on it, it would have snapped your ankle in a very bad way. We just do not think about the nature around us when we are out having fun so much of the time. Appreciate the cudos.

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      6 years ago from kerala-INDIA

      There may be many dangerous that will come due to water also.. If we don't know about a river or a pond. Its deepness is the main problem. There may be irregular surface under that we can't able to understand from the surface. There may be sharp rocks also below can cause great problems..

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      6 years ago

      Good and "scary" hub. I have had experiences with snapping turtles and they are bad enough but some of these videos are down right frightening. Excellent info and I will be more wary when I enter the water this summer. Thanks.......I think!! Voted this hub up.


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