15+ Heart-Stopping Photos Taken Just Before Disaster
With the growing wave of smartphones with a camera and smaller and more accessible photographic equipment for all people, the world has become a great collective of photographers always ready to capture the most striking and unexpected images by documenting every second of their lives. Once in a while, one of those images can be caught in the perfect millisecond and represent the moment just before a real and tragic disaster, as you can see in this list of moments that will surely send a chill down your spine.
To the water
The cargo ship of this image was very close to losing its precious cargo because of the waves. Its crew does not seem to be very worried, but they should be much more careful the next time they organize the shipment. Perhaps they are very used to dealing with this type of waves and know how to keep everything organized without falling. Although it may not seem like it, the ship did not crash, and no one was injured. However, it is an image difficult to see because of how dangerous it is. Only four of the containers fell into the sea despite all that movement.
A great ending
This pilot was fortunate enough to expel himself quickly before his Harrier crashed in front of a broad audience of people watching the show. Fortunately, no one was injured. However, the pilot struck himself on the ground. Some people even thought that it was all part of the show and that they wanted to end it with a grand finale. The photographer who captured this image should win an award for the courage necessary to capture this image. Even though the result was disastrous, it produced a spectacular photograph.
The grandmother and the crocodile
This grandmother is a very modern person for wearing her shorts and her pink shirt with suspenders, but she should be more careful. She was courageous and approached the crocodile to take a selfie with it because it was supposedly asleep. But the crocodile raised its head and approached her to give her the most significant fright of her life. This woman walked away quickly after taking the picture, and fortunately, no one was injured while achieving this crazy image. We should not play with wild animals because we never know how they will react.
With the whales
Swimming with whales is a unique experience that few people have had in their lives, but it is a dangerous thing too. This beautiful whale was about to realize that humans don't taste very well and can cause indigestion. We are thrilled that this creature prefers a diet of plankton and small crustaceans. We would not like to swim with an animal that can eat us in one bite. From that moment, this diver understood that he must be much more careful when approaching creatures of this size.
How did he do it?
This 1998 Goodwood Revival driver, Nigel Corner, survived after a very disastrous accident. He was lucky to get away from the vehicle at the right time before getting caught in the destruction. In an interview he gave later for ‘Motor Sports Magazine’ he confessed: "Those old Ferrari are solid, but if they had locked me up now I would be a dead man." It is strange to think that he could save his life by forgetting to put on his seat belt that day. Do not try this at home! He was too lucky and managed to escape certain death, but it is not common in these cases.
This quiet ride on an airboat became the nightmare of these people after an accident occurred. The driver's mistake threw them all into a swamp infested with alligators, and it seems like there is no way to escape from these animals. The most curious thing about the situation is that tourists seem much calmer than the guide of this excursion. He is supposed to have much more experience and knowledge on how to solve it. Fortunately, they managed to escape from this situation quickly and safely, but it could have resulted in something worse. The next time you go to the swamp, make sure the equipment you will use is in good condition.
That was close
This particular race at the top of this hill ended abruptly when this car crashed into the area where the spectators were. Everyone managed to escape quickly and remained safe, but they could have suffered a much worse fate. The image is quite unreal, and we are sure that the photographer who captured it was surprised to see it later on his studio. The accident car landed just five feet from those three ladies, where it bounced away from them. If that rock had not been on the hill, the fate of those women would have been a much more bloody and unfortunate one.
This girl became very friendly with this giant Burmese python to take this picture without taking any risk to her life. These snakes are known to be able to swallow deers and whole humans without having to strain. They can do that due to the strength of their muscles. Despite this, it is a very peaceful creature that does not usually attack human beings unless they provoke it. They can eat a crocodile, so swimming with one of them should be a chilling experience. Maybe this girl speaks Pársel like Harry Potter, and that's why she managed to convince it not to hurt her.
Although few people know about this phobia, the fear of clowns is something genuine that affects a minimum percentage of the population. And yes, even adults can fight with this fear throughout their lives to avoid running terrified when they see one. The baker of this image is walking calmly without knowing that he is going to meet his worst fear. Getting scared is common, but phobias take this phenomenon to a totally different level and have severe consequences. Some people become paralyzed with fear, and others run away without worrying about what they have in their hands. An enormous waste of cakes!
We do not know who this child is, but we are sure he is having fun despite how dangerous his acrobatics are. He has the phrase "look what I can do, mom!" written on his face and does not seem to worry about possible damage. This boy's sister has a lot of fun thinking about how much the blow when he falls will hurt. Her mother should be a little more worried, but she seems to be used to the crazy things of her adventurous son. Although she knows that her son will not suffer any serious harm, she should at least scold him for trying something like that. Unfortunately, he didn't get any big battle scar that will prove his feat.
The wandering eye
All men have had to look as they walk to see a beautiful girl; it is inevitable. We understand, she is a lovely girl, but it is not necessary to risk your health to take a look. This poor guy was too embarrassed for having hit that pole while he was distracted watching that woman. You may think it was worth it because she is beautiful, but he could have suffered severe damage. Next time he should be more careful, or at least try to get a date with her so that the pain is worth it. Don't forget to look forward at all times!
A failed Titanic
We all remember the beautiful film about this impressive ship and the accident in which it sank. Many remember it mainly because of the love scenes between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Despite how beautiful they were, we must not forget that it was a movie, so it is not a good idea to imitate them. This couple tried to recreate one of the most iconic images in this movie but failed in a very epic way. For some strange reason, a seagull decided to attack them and bite this lady's nose. It may seem very funny, but it is not something this couple would like to repeat on their next trip.
Water skis are supposed to be the safest way to do something like that because of their size and stability, but this can be false. The person in this image will be very sorry for the moment in which he wanted to try this sport. It is very likely that after the heavy blow he will receive, he does not try to ski again in his life. We are not sure if it was an error caused by him, or the boat driver did something wrong that made him fly through the air. Although it looks like a fatal collision, in reality, it was not as dangerous as it could have been. The person fell properly and only walked away with some brutal water burns.
Shark on the water
This guy loves to take risks and enjoy the adrenaline at all times thanks to his adventurous spirit. He decided to go surfing even though he knew there were many sharks in the area and could be attacked by one of them. Despite this, he thought it would be fun to surf with them and risked a fatal accident. Fortunately, the shark was not interested in this boy and just sniffed him as a dog would. After a few turns around to see that it was not dangerous, he swam away from the scene. Both this boy and the shark moved elsewhere without any kind of injury, but the result could have been very different.
A cruel joke
The girl in this photo was visibly scared that her husband was holding a stingray on her back. Nothing happened to her because the animal did not feel threatened, but it was surely a terrifying experience for her. Her reaction was so sincere that she became famous in social networks, and her image was part of many memes. Hundreds of people used this photograph in different social networks to express the terror they may feel. Surely, this girl was a big fan of Steve Irwin and was still very sensitive about his death. Because of that accident, many of us understood how dangerous it could be to disturb a creature as powerful.
Raise your claws!
This police officer had no choice but to take out his weapon and threaten the 6-foot east alligator while trying to get away from it. Logically, the animal did not feel any kind of threat, so it continued to approach the police until he jumped on top of his patrol. It chased the officer until he had no choice but to flee and threaten him with his weapon/. It did not help, though, and the alligator clearly didn't care. After causing him a big scare and keeping him busy for about 20 minutes, it walked away back to the water. As for the officer, it is very likely that he got off the patrol and returned to work after breathing deeply.
Whales are naturally harmless creatures that do not need to attack people at any time. Most of them are not carnivorous, and humans are not part of their favorite foods, so we are safe. They'll probably won't eat you, but they are capable of causing severe damage to your property if they want to. If a killer whale jumps out of the water and lands by mistake in your boat, it is very likely to wreck it. These fishermen fell into the water and had to swim to survive, but fortunately, they lived to return and tell their story. Maybe those whales should consider losing some weight.
A tiny bite
Camels are very calm creatures that only show aggressive behavior among themselves to defend their space. They rarely behave violently with human beings, but it is no reason to lower our guard when we are close to them. They usually come close to smell people and play with their hair. However, they may also bite when they are frustrated or upset. In this case, the camel decided to take it out on this innocent tourist and try to eat her. Fortunately, the girl quickly escaped the situation and moved away from the animal before it could harm her. Be very careful with desert transport!
Public dance pole
Anyone in the world knows that you should not try to do any kind of pirouette with a drink in your hand. The chances of losing your balance are very high, and you will likely cause a severe accident. Fortunately, this guy knew the girl who was doing the pose and was able to get even after this. If they weren't friends, this would be a clear example of why most of us hate public transportation. It is always full of crazy and rushed people who never pay attention to the persons around them. Sometimes it is better to walk than to end up covered with boiling coffee.
The moment they captured this photograph is so perfect that we might think it is the work of a Photoshop master. If the person who took the picture had shot the camera a second later, the car would be covered entirely in the water. In case you are wondering, there is no one in the car. It would have been something too dangerous to jump into the water inside this vehicle because you could get trapped in it. The car was thrown into the lake from a crane, although we don't know what the purpose was. Maybe a mob boss was trying to get rid of the evidence, or they did it out of boredom.
A hairy rocket
If there was a safe way to shoot our furry kittens using some kind of giant cannon, we are sure we would. We would love to see those hairballs flying through the air like in this photograph, and we would have a lot of fun doing it. Look at that face and that look of determination! It is likely that this cat was chasing something fascinating and would not stop until he caught it. Cats do not usually strive in this way unless they know they will have a precious reward in the end. He was likely trying to annoy a dog or chasing an annoying mouse around the yard.
The story that storks deliver babies dates back to Roman times and has spread throughout the world. For many centuries, different cultures have considered storks to bring excellent luck, and this belief has changed over time. They are considered excellent parents because these animals take care of their young even after they grow up and can fly. Maybe the belief about babies comes from this behavior so loyal to their chicks. Regardless of the reason, this image clearly reflects an exceptional and exciting delivery. An image captured at the perfect second to reflect this myth!
Duck! (even if it's a pigeon)
This image is nothing special because it has been around the internet for many years. It is a proven and true classic in which we can see the revenge of a pigeon to a child who bothered it. We are not sure what he did to cause the wrath of this bird, but it definitely attacked him directly. Seeing this image, we can learn a little about the dreadful and vindictive nature of these animals. If this is the first time you see this picture, we welcome you to the internet and wonder where you have been hiding all your life.
Dodge or not dodge
If you have ever played dodgeball and you have been hit with one of these balls in the face, you know how painful this experience is. The suffering is increased if you wear glasses because the impact makes the metal or plastic frames become a deadly weapon. The speed with which these balls travel is so fast that they could cause severe damage to an unsuspecting person. This woman got a hilarious picture, but she learned her lesson and will stay away from this sport for a long time. If you can't help it, make sure you don't wear glasses again while playing a contact sport.
THIS. IS. SPARTA !!!
Bird fights are an amusing and entertaining thing because it is hard to understand what could have bothered such a small and cuddly animal. The birds in this image belong to two different species and seem to be fighting to defend their food. If there is enough food, why would you attack another bird that way? Perhaps she is too hungry, or the other bird tried to keep all the seeds for herself. There is no way to know the background of this image, but it shows us how rough nature can sometimes be. It's the perfect representation of the movie ‘300!’
A fairytale wedding
Weddings are beautiful moments in which people promise themselves to enjoy a future together. As a wedding photographer, your job is to capture the magic of these moments. You should make images that preserve that beautiful memory for the couple in the following years. If you find yourself with an opportunity to make this kind of picture, what would you do? Would you avoid turning the bride into a centaur? This photographer thought it would be a perfect memory with which to surprise the couple when he delivered the images. Despite being a very peculiar photo, very few people can say they married a mythological creature and have proof of it.
The couple in this photo looks too calm and serene even though an elephant is attacking them. The colossal creature tried to lift their car and throw it headlong while they were still inside him. Apparently, the car caught the attention of the animal, and it approached to sniff and discover what it was. After investigating a little, the animal moved away, and the couple could continue on their way without any danger. Since when did the elephants get so big? Look at the size of those feet! If it had wanted to hurt them, it could have crushed them in just a few seconds, and this photo would be very tragic.
Walking in the clouds
This one is an excellent image that demonstrates the magic that you can achieve when you are skydiving and have a lot of imagination! Throwing yourself from a plane and crossing the clouds at high speed is an exhilarating and fun experience. If we have a lot of creativity, and a friend with a good camera, we can achieve stunning photographs. This athlete must be a professional who has jumped hundreds of times and knows what to do to attain striking poses. Veteran jumpers can accomplish all kinds of challenging stunts thanks to their experience in the clouds. If you want to make an image like this, make sure you jump next to a person who respects safety regulations!
Stalking its next meal
Safari and hunting are perfect opportunities to interact with wildlife, but they can be a dangerous thing. As we have repeated several times, dealing with animals is something dangerous that must be done carefully. What do you think this guy thought when he saw the picture and realized what was behind him? That big cat was evaluating its next prey, maybe it was going snatch that moose from the hunter, or it wanted to eat them both. Mountain lions are not very aggressive animals, but they are capable of attacking when they are hungry. We hope that this hunter has not suffered a tragic fate for being distracted showing off his trophy.
Expelled into the air
People who ride horses should be aware that it is a sport that can lead to accidents and severe injuries. It is something like riding a motorcycle, but it is alive, has a mind of its own, and sometimes it does what it wants. It jumps from top to bottom, has skinny and robust legs, besides being a massive and powerful creature. Well, it is not exactly like a motorcycle, but it can serve the same purpose. If you ride on top of a beast like this, you must make sure you hold yourself well to avoid flying out. This rider is going to have a tough afternoon!
A strange fish underwater
This one is the kind of images that make us want to dive and try to achieve a picture similar to this. The feeling of swimming through a school of fish should be incredible, but it is not something everyone can do. If you have the opportunity to take photos underwater, you should take advantage of the beauty of the corals and the marine fauna. These people tried to capture a beautiful image but were interrupted by this strange fish with a human body. It may be a species never seen before, or the mermaids are very different from what we had imagined. As long as it doesn't leave the sea, we won't have to be scared of seeing it walking the streets.
A fun afternoon bothering the neighbor's dog became for this cat in a race for his life. The advantage that cats have is that they tend to be much more agile and faster than dogs to escape any situation. The dog has not noticed where the cat is and will inevitably run in another direction to try to find it elsewhere. He could fall at any moment and give the dog a severe scare, but he prefers to hide and avoid his revenge. Perhaps this cat is so used to doing this that he can spend the whole afternoon running away from the dog without fear of being caught.
Problems with the minibike
This image is one of the main reasons why you should always verify that your bike, motorized or not, is well-built. Maybe this guy was too dizzy after going around so many times, and he didn't realize his mistake. Fortunately, he probably escaped this accident with just a couple of bruises and a headache. These vehicles are entertaining, but they can also be a bit dangerous if we don't know how to maintain them. The next time this guy participates in a race, he will check his minibike three times to avoid unpleasant surprises like this.
This photograph raises many unanswered questions, but it definitely catches people's attention. Who thinks it's a good idea to install a mirror on a bar at waist level? Why is this tavern so bright? Will the waiters be aware of this strange phenomenon or has anyone flattered them for their legs? The owner of this bar likely thinks it is too funny and enjoys when his customers joke about this. If all the staff were made up of women, there would be no problem, but it is a bizarre sight. Not every day we meet a bartender with such beautiful legs.
This image is one of the main reasons why women live longer than men. Seriously, who uses a front loader to climb a ladder and tear down a tree? The chances of this ending in an accident are too high to try. The staff in charge of this tree must be made up of a large group of scientists who know more than us! It is the only logical reason why we think this idea is so wrong. We need more people like these guys in the world. Someone has to make mistakes so that we learn to take care of our lives and not try to do something like this.
Can't be real
This image has to be the work of an expert in Photoshop! If not, there would be too many accidents like this in the museums of the world. It is illogical that they store some pieces under Plexiglas and do not protect the others in some way. Also, it is unreasonable that they allow visitors to get so close to the invaluable pieces without some protection. There are so many mistakes in this image that we can't help but be sure that it was produced to get people's attention. However, we must be cautious the next time we go to a museum to avoid accidents like this.
And the birthday cake?
You have not experienced real sadness until your birthday cake falls to the ground just when everyone is singing. It is much worse when you are the one who drops the cake, and it is the birthday of your grandmother or someone extraordinary in your house. If you are fortunate, everyone can laugh and move on with the party, but the feeling of emptiness will not quickly depart. No one has a spare cake at home, but maybe they can buy another one speedily or eat something else. A birthday pizza? If it's something very delicious, nobody can complain about the change of plans.
Training police dogs must be one of the strangest and most stressful trades in this world. Even covered by all the protective layers of the attack suit, this armor does not protect you from fear. The first times these fierce animals attack you, it is impossible that your brain did not send many signs of panic. Although this is a training that begins in their puppy stage, they will inevitably grow and become combat machines. You may have trained them for years, but when they show their teeth, it is impossible not to run away a little. Just look at this dog's face while that person runs!
Lack of skills
If we remember the image of the birthday party to complement this one, we will have a sadder story. The birthday cake fell to the floor, and they decided to prepare pizzas to celebrate, but someone again made a mistake. The boy in this photo seems to be very proud of his pizza, but he tripped over the tray while raising his hand and disaster happened. Unlike the birthday cake, they are much more likely to have a few spare pizzas in the freezer. Sadly, it is a universally proven reality that food always falls face down in these situations. Poor pizza! It did not deserve such a cruel fate.
Has everyone seen the “Final Destination” movie saga? Anyone who has seen at least one of those films knows that this can result in a severe accident. There is no logical reason to drive behind one of these trucks, and for safety, it is better to get away from them. Ideally, they should use all the necessary safety means to avoid accidents like this, but better be safe than sorry. If something like this happens, what can you do? If you are fortunate, you will get out of the way and have the opportunity to call your family after a big scare.
What have you got there?
This little monkey will likely be piss after that giant undulating skirt hit his face. Perhaps he was curious to know if that strange outfit could serve as an umbrella when he can snatch it from the girl. No matter what were his intentions, the interest of this monkey makes the image look very funny. He probably just want to hide under that skirt to take a long nap after he finishes eating some fruit. This photographer was able to seize the moment and capture the expression of the little primate at the right time to make us think of many possibilities.
Photography will always have the power to amaze us because it allows us to see a moment of the world that perhaps we lost or did not appreciate, but when it shows how close we were to a great tragedy, it makes us think a little more about our future and our life. Which of these images impressed you the most? Have you experienced a similar experience? Tell us in the comments section and do not forget to share this article with all the people who need a surprise.