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I refuse to swim in any natural body of water. Been like that since I was a kid. Too many variables - fish, vegetation, rocks, dead things... I'll take a swimming pool any day.

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An eel? Damn what luck you have!!! I don't like swimming in lakes either. Along with fish, feces, etc.... It just doesnt sound appealing to swim around in that combination. You should have stuck with your instincts and stayed away from that nasty water!

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Sharks, eels, leaches, fish, and other creatures out for human flesh all swimming in one big body of water... Back to swimming at the local pool.

I refuse to swim in any natural body of water. Been like that since I was a kid. Too many variables - fish, vegetation, rocks, dead things... I'll take a swimming pool any day.

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7 - Yes I would rather swim in that. Chances are swimming in a pool with kids pee and spit is a LOT more safe then a lake with unknown bacteria, dead rodents, fungus, etc.

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Are you forgetting that chlorine is in most god damn pools to kill the bacteria and viruses that come from people and elsewhere?

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The chlorine in the pool reacts with bodily fluids to produce poisonous chemicals. Almost every body of water is safer than a swimming pool, unless you find jellyfish.

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I'm a lifeguard, and I know for a fact that if you swim in a pool for an hour, you consume 1/10th of a liter of urine and other bodily fluids. Yumm.

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Well a couple weeks ago my school had a mandatory poolwater test and the results showed that besides water, the most common substances are "make up" and "vaginal discharges". (LOLWUT?) so I guess it's a "pick your poison" kind of situation.

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I think after reading this thread I will limit all future swim-scapades to my bathtub... *Sings* "Rubber ducky, you're the one..."

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not every pool has chlorine. I've been in pools where they used Na and UV lights. more satisfying than chlorine and salty pools.

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Don't be a pussy. Having swam in lakes, marshes, rivers, and oceans, I can safely say that the odds of anything happening to you are next to none, just don't be an idiot when in a natural body of water. OP just got very, very unlucky.

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Found human... Droppings in the ocean just 3 days ago. I just moved to the other side of the bay

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I got head lice when I was little in my elementary school's pool. My mom forbid me to swim there again after that incident; I had to sit and watch everyone else swim and have fun for the rest of the summer. *sigh* :(

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After reading this thread, I look back at the time I accidentally swallowed the pool water while having weekly swims and am going to puke now.

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when will people learn gonorrhea is the clap. it is called this because the treatment used to be to rod the penis of discharge by taking both hands and clapping like a huge zit

I have never seen an eel in a lake. Did you mean to say a snake? Maybe it was just a really ugly fish? Either way don't let it bother you, go for another swim.

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Fun fact: NZ has a couple of freshwater eels that live in lakes (but said lakes are connected to the sea)....

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Yeah from what I understand in New Zealand they have many lakes that are full of eels (not like this in North America)

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Jeremy Wade is a renowned fisherman who goes to places based on stories and myths. He went to NZ on stories of eels biting people and dragging them under the water, thus killing them. Armed with razor-sharp teeth which prevent escape, New Zealand Longfin Eels spin and tear off bits of flesh like a crocodile. And they are indeed aggressive towards people.

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Here in Australia basically any where there's water there is eels, it's terrible. Same in NZ...

Don't worry you're not the only one deathly afraid of swimming in non-heavily-chlorinated bodies of water. :D Though I didn't know eels lived in lakes, must be a New Zealand thing.

I was gonna put some witty comment... But I just feel bad for op that really must of been a shocking experience...of all the times people go without eels....

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