We often see stories of photographers or social media influencers falling into danger in order to get some shot, and this is just the latest in that trend. Several Instagrammers became seriously ill after jumping into a highly toxic lake in Spain.
The lake, Monte Neme, is actually a quarry that was adjacent to a now-abandoned tungsten mine. It's popular with the Instagram crowd because of its mesmerizing aquamarine color, but it gets that hue due to the abundance of toxic chemicals in it, and coming into contact with the water can cause problems ranging from allergic reactions that cause skin rashes to digestive system damage — severe enough that at least one person has been hospitalized after ingesting the poisonous water. Unbelievably, one influencer said "the picture was worth [the rash]." Nonetheless, locals are calling on the government to place warnings around the water and to cordon off the area (as I'm sure not everyone who waded in would have done so had they known the risk), but nothing has been done yet. In the meantime, hopefully the increased publicity about the dangers of the lake will deter others from getting near the water.
Lead image of Monte Neme by Wikipedia user Jglamela, used under Creative Commons.