This Brazilian Island Is So Deadly That Only A Handful Of People Are Allowed Ashore

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Image: Prefeitura de Itanhaém

If you sail from the coastal city of Itanhaém in Brazil and head south, you’ll come across a small island. It’s unassuming and measures just 110 acres – and no one lives there. Ilha da Queimada Grande hides a deadly secret, though. A handful of intrepid travelers and scientists have nevertheless made the journey to report back on the island’s treasures.

Image: Prefeitura de Itanhaém

When the island is viewed from a boat, it may look inviting. Its rainforest and beaches surely seem like a jungle paradise to onlookers, after all, and the islet might well seem like just the place to spend a lazy hour or two. The climate is perfect for a barefoot stroll, as well. It’s a balmy 66 degrees Fahrenheit in winter, rising to 82 degrees Fahrenheit when summer kicks in. Looks, however, can be deceiving.

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Image: João Marcos Rosa

Once you land, the attractions of the island become even clearer. Thick foliage and outcrops of rock are evident wherever you look – and the sound of waves landing on the shores is never too far away. However, these spectacular vistas hide one of the natural world’s most deadly predators.

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