The pink color comes from microorganisms called Dunaliella salina, which thrive in the extremely salty lake. The red pigment is D. salina‘s version of chlorophyll, allowing the organisms to collect energy from the sun. All of this is natural, if visually insane. Sometimes nature is easily as crazy-looking as human-made pollution.

Senegal’s salt lakes look like Pepto-Bismol

The pink color comes from microorganisms called Dunaliella salina, which thrive in the extremely salty lake. The red pigment is D. salina‘s version of chlorophyll, allowing the organisms to collect energy from the sun. All of this is natural, if visually insane. Sometimes nature is easily as crazy-looking as human-made pollution.

Lake Retba In Senegal Looks Like A Giant Strawberry Milkshake. That's because the blood red colour is caused by high levels of salt - with some areas containing up to 40 per cent of it.

Lake Retba In Senegal Looks Like A Giant Strawberry Milkshake. That's because the blood red colour is caused by high levels of salt - with some areas containing up to 40 per cent of it.

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✯ Lake Retba or Lac Rose, north of Senegal.

✯ Lake Retba or Lac Rose, north of Senegal.

Lake Hillier, Middle Island, Western Australia. The only naturally pink lake in the world.

Unusual Pink Colored Lake Hillier in Australia

Lake Hillier, Middle Island, Western Australia. The only naturally pink lake in the world.

Earth’s most otherworldly sites.Lake Retba, Senegal This 3m-deep lake looks cotton-candy pink, thanks to the Dunaliella salina algae that grows in the water. The pink is most visible during the dry season, which lasts from November to February.

Earth’s most otherworldly sites

Earth’s most otherworldly sites.Lake Retba, Senegal This 3m-deep lake looks cotton-candy pink, thanks to the Dunaliella salina algae that grows in the water. The pink is most visible during the dry season, which lasts from November to February.

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥Lake Retba, Senegal. It's named for its pink waters, caused by Dunaliella salina algae in the water that produce a red pigment that uses sunlight to create more energy, turning the waters pink. The colour is particularly visible during the dry season. The lake is also known for its high salt content, which, like that of the Dead Sea, allows people to float easily.

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♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥Lake Retba, Senegal. It's named for its pink waters, caused by Dunaliella salina algae in the water that produce a red pigment that uses sunlight to create more energy, turning the waters pink. The colour is particularly visible during the dry season. The lake is also known for its high salt content, which, like that of the Dead Sea, allows people to float easily.

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20 Sights That Will Remind You How Incredible Earth Is

Strawberry-Milkshake Coloured Lake|Lake Retba or Lac Rose lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, north east of Dakar.

Strawberry-Milkshake Coloured Lake|Lake Retba or Lac Rose lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, north east of Dakar.

Dolphins in Lake Retba or Lac Rose. The lake lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, north east of Dakar. Depending on the time of day, the lake changes colour from a light purple to a deep scarlet pink. The unusual colouring of the water is caused by harmless halophilic bacteria that thrive in the lake’s high-salinity environment. The color is particularly visible during the dry season.

Dolphins in Lake Retba or Lac Rose. The lake lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, north east of Dakar. Depending on the time of day, the lake changes colour from a light purple to a deep scarlet pink. The unusual colouring of the water is caused by harmless halophilic bacteria that thrive in the lake’s high-salinity environment. The color is particularly visible during the dry season.

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