Influencers will do anything these days to get that perfect vacation snap.

Whether that's a hike to the top of Everest, swimming in shark-infested waters, or even trespassing into Chernobyl... yeah, people have actually done that... we will do simply anything for Insta.

But what about a toxic lake? You'd really think that people would want to stay well clear, but nope!

In the name of Instagram, people have been posing alongside, and sometimes even in, a toxic lake for that perfect Instagram shot.

Keep scrolling to see the lengths that these influencers have gone to and to learn about the dangers that this water holds...

 

The Instagram generation...

We're currently living in the age of Instagram, which sees the majority of millenials glued to their phones and taking pictures of everything and anything.

It's all about getting that perfect pic.

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Whether it's a picture of your delicious Sunday brunch or a heart-achingly cute snap of your puppy - if the lighting is good and the filters are on point, anything can go on Instagram.

Don't be fooled by the powers of Instagram, though.

It is a well-known fact that what you see on Instagram is more than likely extremely unrealistic and heavily manufactured. People take to the app to portray an enhanced version of their lives.

But this is what people love about Instagram...

From slightly enhanced vacation snaps to selfies loaded with filters, Instagram is a guilty pleasure for millions of people... and I must say, I'm partial to a good selfie every now and then...

Some users take things way too far, though...

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From people risking their own lives to just being damn right disrespectful... Users have been critiqued heavily for posting ignorant photographs when visiting the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, Germany.

People need to be very careful when posting on Instagram...

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Posing for light-hearted, silly photos at a memorial that commemorates the deaths of millions of people is just plain stupid. People seem to forget the important things when it comes to creating content for social media; it's crucial to not let this ignorance get the better of us.

Health and safety never come into the Instagram equation.

Who cares if it's dangerous and you're risking your life? It's all worth it for that killer shot! This is the attitude held by many Instagrammers, and the most recent Insta hotspot has had influencers flocking to get their aesthetically-pleasing shots in.

A lake in Russia has recently caught people's attention...

The lake has been nicknamed "Siberian Maldives" in regards to its stunning blue waters and idyllic scenery.

It's the perfect place to take some beautiful photos...

Because we all walk around with a bunch of flowers in our hands, right?

The perfect place to show off some moves...

Who wants to see a lake when they could see someone standing on their hands instead?

It isn't what it seems, though.

The tropical, inviting hues of the lake hold a rather sinister secret...

The lake is actually a dump for harmful ash that is deposited from the nearby power plant...

This explains its bright blue color, which comes from metal oxides and calcium salts that are dissolved in the water.

We didn't see that coming...

How can something so beautiful be so very sinister? According to reports, the lake is technically one huge trash can for Heating and Electrical Station No. 5, which is a part of the Siberian Generating Company.

A supposedly turquoise paradise...

According to BuzzFeed News, the company released a statement back in June stressing that the water isn't poisonous, but that "skin contact with the water may cause an allergic reaction."

Rumors began to spread...

The company very quickly shut down the ridiculous rumors that began circulating. Rumors included sightings of a blue seagull and therapid death of plants in the area. It has been stressed that the lake is not radioactive and that its radiation levels are normal, with a water ph level of 8.

After the news of the toxic lake spread...

So did its popularity!

The lake is now more popular than ever...

People have been visiting the lake purely to take good pictures, with some even entering the lake with paddleboards and floats. The lake may not be poisonous, but the water isn't good for the body at all.

One Instagram user complained of itchiness...

Instagrammer, tweezer_nsk, said to BuzzFeed News: "The next morning my feet are slightly turned red and itched for two days, the water tastes slightly sour, similar to chalk." He said this after posting this picture to Instagram. It is unknown as to whether the man in the (admittedly great) picture is the user himself.

Despite the generator company warning visitors...

People have been venturing into the water anyway. The company also added that there are further dangers to the lake that are less obvious.

The main danger?

The ash that has been dumped into the lake has made the floor extremely muddy, and "getting out of the reservoir is virtually impossible."
"We ask that in the pursuit of the selfie, not to fall into the ash dump!" the company said. "That is the main danger."

The ash dump hasn't stopped influencers flocking to the lake in search of that perfect selfie...

And some of the results are insanely creative, it has to be said!

One couple even arranged their wedding day around the lake...

Nothing screams romance more than a toxic wasteland, eh...

The lake has proven to be the perfect modeling hotspot...

Because, let's face it, the color of the lake is absolutely stunning. Let's just forget for a minute that it's full of toxic ash...

Time to book our flights... maybe.

If you're really passionate about Insta, maybe Russia should be your next vacation location...

As long as influencers are following the safety guidelines...

The lake is kind of all ours for our Instagramming needs! Enjoy... with caution!