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Sailing in a strawberry milkshake

Lake Retba, which runs through Senegal, West Africa, gets its color from an unusually high salt content—in some up to 40-percent! Microbiologist Michael Danson says that the water gets its candy-colored hue from the salt-loving organism Dunaliella salina (an algae). “They produce a red pigment that absorbs and uses the energy of sunlight to create more energy, turning the water pink,” he told the Daily Mail.

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7 responses

  1. bellesogni

    I like the title, “Sailing in a strawberry milkshake”. I’ll never look at a strawberry milkshake again without remembering this photo essay.

    June 20, 2012 at 13:28

  2. This is awesome! As a lover of the color pink, I need to put this on my list to visit!

    June 8, 2012 at 01:50

  3. That’s cool, didn’t know that!

    June 7, 2012 at 04:27

  4. That was totally awesome! It may sound wrong but the pink water looks cute! Haha!

    June 6, 2012 at 20:21

  5. How very interesting!

    June 6, 2012 at 17:20

  6. Extraordinary

    June 6, 2012 at 10:42

  7. What an incredible place.

    June 6, 2012 at 02:11

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