Instagram Influencers Are Getting Sick From Swimming in a Toxic Lake in Spain

Starr Bowenbank
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From Cosmopolitan

  • Monte Neme, a scenic lake located in Galicia, Spain, is causing Instagram influencers to get sick.
  • Turns out, the lake is actually a toxic dump that contains World War II-era waste. Gross!

It's no secret that Instagram influencers will do almost anything to get the shot. It's literally the whole reason why "doing it for the 'gram" is a common phenomenon. I get it, it's totally ingrained in our culture now, but for likes and follows would you be willing to swim in or take pics of a lake that's actually toxic to your health? The obvious answer should be no, but let's be real—not everyone is that smart.

Surrounded by mountains and filled with sparkling turquoise-blue water, the Monte Neme lake in Galicia, Spain has become an Insta-popular attraction in a short amount of time. But now, Instagram influencers are reporting some extreme bodily discomfort and sickness after visiting the lake, People reports. One influencer told Spanish news outlet Publico that she came down with a rash for two weeks, and suffered multiple instances of vomiting. The publication also reported that more than one influencer had to be hospitalized “for damage to the skin and digestive system,” which is all very scary.

So exactly why the hell is this lake causing people to get sick? Well, according to The Telegraph, the lake is actually filled with hazardous chemical waste that comes from a World War II mining field. Let's do some math, shall we? World War II ended in 1945, and we're living in 2019 right now. That means that these influencers were swimming in waste that has been sitting for 70 plus years. But hey, at least the pics are gorgeous!

Of course, this isn't the first time that a Insta-popular attraction turned out to be nothing more than a wasteland. Just two weeks ago, influencers were flocking to a different scenic lake in Siberia that upon further investigation, was the location of a literal ash dump. LOL, people never seem to learn!

Let's hope that these influencers wisen up fast. We know the like ban is causing a bunch of y'all to fall on tough times, but please be smart about your shooting locations, mmkay?

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