20 Signs In Nature That Disaster Is About To Strike!
When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote the line, “It’s dangerous business walking out your front door” he was speaking to the great dangers of living life. However, Tolkien’s famous prose can be applied pretty directly to the dangers of the natural world around us. While going out for a hike in the park may sound exciting, the truth is that disaster could seemingly strike at any moment. Today, we are going to showcase 20 sure signs that disaster is about to rain down upon the world around you.
There are certain warning signs in nature that may be easy to miss, at least at first. J-Shaped trees are a potential sign of dangerous landslide activity in the area. These trees signify that a landslide is on the way. How do they signify this? Well, before a landslide is fully triggered, the ground begins to shift. As the ground shifts, these trees begin to bow from the movement. If you see trees beginning to bend into a J-shape, it’s time to move!
Tasty Looking Red Berries
Disaster in nature can be triggered by our own lack of understanding of the world around us. As a general rule of thumb, avoid eating pretty much anything out in the wild unless you have to. More specifically, avoid eating those juicy red berries that you see in the wild. These berries are known as Holly Berries and they can cause dehydration and vomiting that can become deadly if treatment isn’t sought.
Ocean Level Begins To Drop
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. If you are strolling along the beach when you notice that the water has begun to dramatically recede, you might need to start running. A rapid decrease in ocean level, outside of the ordinary changing of the tides, can signify a coming tsunami. Tsunami waves begin due to underwater earthquakes and their corresponding waves move as fast as an actual airplane.
Five Toed Footprints
If you are out hiking in the woods and you notice large paw prints with five toes, you might be in for some trouble unless you are careful. Five towed paw prints that are diamond shaped tend to signify bears. Look around for nearby trees and see if you can find claw marks or tufts of fur. Stay alert for signs of the animal. If you see a bear, your reaction will depend on what type of bear it is.
Wall Clouds Down South
If you grew up down South or lived your life in tornado alley, you get used to keeping an eye on the sky. When you see wall clouds start to form above you, it is time to seek shelter. Wall clouds sit below thunderstorms, and they can range in size up to five miles in length. Wall clouds tend to signify that a tornado can form at any moment. Get to your shelter now and don’t pause for social media pictures.
Colorful Natural Water Features
Doesn’t that pool of water look gorgeous? While the colors are striking, you’d be a fool to dip your toes in them. What you are seeing is scalding hot water that is filled to the brim with colorful bacteria. Temperatures in these pools can get up to 200 degrees. A traditional hot tub will sit at around 105 degrees.
Choppy Waters Near The Beach
If the movie Jaws didn’t keep you away from the beach, rip currents just might do the job. If you notice choppy water near the beach, you might be looking at a rip current. Rip currents exist below the surface, and they act as powerful channels of moving water. These rip currents kill more people every year than all of the sharks in the world. Yeah, they’re pretty serious.
Stay Away From Bee Hives
Unless you are allergic, you might not think that honey bees are terribly dangerous. However, getting stung while near a beehive could mark the beginning of a very deadly scenario. When honey bees sting you, they release a pheromone. This pheromone calls on all bees in the area to come and attack you. If you DO get stung, make sure to run as fast as possible in order to find shelter and try to avoid smashing the bees while you are running as that’ll only make things worse.
Animals All Leaving Their Home
If you notice flocks of birds, rats, snakes or insects all fleeing their homes at the same time, trouble is on the way. Scientists have found that animals are excellent at predicting when earthquakes are about to strike, but they aren’t sure how it works. If you see animals freaking out and fleeing the region in unison, you need to take shelter.
White Or Gray Ice
While ice-skating is fun, ice plunging is far more dangerous. If you see a water feature that is covered in gray or white ice, make sure you avoid putting any pressure on it. When ice is white or gray, it signifies that the surface is thin and that you could be putting yourself in danger if you step out onto it.
Animals Running To You
No, you aren’t an animal whisper and you’re certainly no Ace Venture. If you see birds and mammals flying and running toward you, the odds are good that a fire isn’t far behind. Fires are no joke, and they are far more deadly than most people realize. Just look at what happens in California every single year.
Wall Of Dust
If you see a wall of dust heading in your direction, you need to take shelter. If you are driving your car when you see the dust, pull over and hit your emergency lights and emergency brakes. Dust storms cause major traffic accidents all over the world every single year.
Hair Standing On End
If you are outside and all the hair on your body begins to stand up, you are in trouble. Your body is reacting to a lightning strike that is about to hit in your immediate vicinity. During these situations, you need to immediately take shelter. If you can’t take shelter, make yourself as small as possible while limiting your contact with the ground. Rest on the balls of your feet in order to minimize your contact.
Sharks In Deep Water
Does this image send a chill down your spine? What’s scary about it is that the real danger might be coming above water. Sharks navigate to deep water when they sense barometric pressure drops due to an incoming hurricane or tropical storm. If you are on the water and you see sharks deep down below, you could be in for some danger.
Mushrooms Near Trees
We want to reiterate: do not eat anything that you find out in the wild without having full knowledge as to what it is. Specifically, you’ll want to avoid eating any mushrooms that grow near trees. These are typically ‘death cap’ mushrooms, and they live up to their name.
Fish Washed Up On The Beach
If you see a single dead fish on the beach, the water is probably fine. If you see a ton of dead fish or animals on the beach, there’s something wrong with the water. Red tides happen all around the world due to a buildup of toxic algae. Dead fish washing ashore is often the first and only sign that you’ll get that the red tide has come.
Red Skies At Ay Time
The sky is a vital tool for judging pending natural disasters. If you notice that the color of the sky has turned red at night, you might be due for a pleasant morning. If you wake up to a red sunrise, however, storms are brewing.
Your Dog Is Fascinated By A Body Part
Dogs truly are mankind’s best friend for a variety of reasons. If your pup has begun sniffing or licking a specific part on your body, more than is typical, they might be trying to tell you that something is wrong. Scientific research has shown that dogs can smell specific organic compounds in your body that are cancerous. Go to your doctor and get yourself checked out.
Hollow Sounding Snow
If you are hiking on your snowy retreat, pay special attention to the sound that the snow beneath you makes. If you hear a hollow ‘ whoomping’ sound, you might be in danger of a potential avalanche. Cracked and hollow sounding snow is a signifier that there could be danger coming from above.
Square Waves Bring Danger
This photo doesn’t even look real, does it? Square waves are a type of oceanic pattern that signifies something known as a ‘cross sea’. Below the surface of these odd shapes is a destructive current that can kill surfers, swimmers, and sailers alike.