An inland lake at the Westgate Park in Melbourne’s west has transformed itself into an Instagram-sensation thanks to a tiny organism.
The lake is currently experiencing ideal conditions for the lake algae, which grows in the salt crust at the bottom of the lake, to produce a red pigment as part of its photosynthetsis process.
The result is a candy-hued bright pink lake that has to be seen to be believed, and although the water may look pink, the water is actually crystal clear, albeit very salty.
Unfortunately, the natural phenomena taking place in the lake isn’t a permanent thing, so you’ll have to visit the Westgate Park if you want to see it for yourself and catch a snap.
Conservationists explain that the water is more likely to turn pink during the warmer months when there is high salt levels, high temperatures, increased sunlight and low rainfall, but when the temperature cools and the rain return the lake will return to it’s previous clear-water state.
Parks Victoria posted the picture to their Facebook page to explain the lake’s transformation, and warned visitors off touching the water.
“The salt lake at Westgate Park has turned pink! It takes a combination of elements to create this natural phenomenon; very high salt levels, high temperatures, increased sunlight and lack of rainfall.”
“If you’re wondering what causes the red pigment, it’s algae growing in the salt crust, which is responding to extremely high salt levels.”
“Pretty to look at, but not to touch! We recommend you don’t come into contact with the water, and please refrain from walking on the sensitive lake edge.”
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