It looks like the coronavirus concerns and lockdown aren’t enough to stop Instagrammers from getting their likes. Because of this, “Blue Lagoon” out of Buxton, UK recently became black. The former limestone quarry remained a popular picture-perfect place even during the lockdown, so the police dyed it black to stop the people from visiting it. Funnily enough, it’s not even the first time.
“Yesterday we received reports that people were congregating at the ‘Blue Lagoon’ in Harpur Hill, Buxton,” the Buxton police wrote in a Facebook statement. “No doubt this is due to the picturesque location and the lovely weather (for once!) in Buxton,” the statement reads on, but adds that “the location is dangerous and this type of gathering is in contravention of the current instruction of the UK Government.”
So, the police saw a Blue Lagoon and they wanted it painted black. They used water dye to make the water look less picturesque so that people wouldn’t want to take its photos so badly. This made me remember a Still Corners song Black Lagoon, so if there are any fans of the band reading this… Stay at home!
Yesterday we received reports that people were congregating at the ‘Blue Lagoon’ in Harpur Hill, Buxton. No doubt this…
As I mentioned in the introduction, this isn’t the first time that the “Blue Lagoon” has been dyed black. According to the BBC, the lake has a pH level of 11.3 (for comparison, the pH level of bleach is 12.3). There are “no swimming” signs and warnings that there are garbage and dead animals in the water… And yet, people still swim there. I am honestly as concerned about those who decide to swim there as I am mad at those who dump their waste in the water. Many commenters have asked whether the black dye is bad for the environment and the lake’s ecosystem, but I couldn’t find the response anywhere.
I don’t know what’s with tourists and toxic lakes. While they may look appealing, if there’s a sign not to swim – it’s there for a reason. Swimming in lakes such as the “Blue Lagoon” (or now “Black Lagoon”) could even send you to a hospital. And during the coronavirus madness, the hospital is the last place you wanna be at. So, be smart and stay at home. And even when you start traveling again, for god’s sake, don’t swim in toxic lakes just so you can snap photos for Instagram!
[via CNN Travel]