A UAE student has discovered a rare pink lake in Ras Al Khaimah near the Saraya Islands in the Al Rams area.
The lake is around 40m long and 10m wide and is a stunning pink colour. Now dubbed the ‘Pink Lake,’ its quickly gone viral.
The lake is pink due to a mix of Halobacteria and algae Dunaliella salina which both love salty water. The bacteria and algae both create a red pigment, which is also why the Dead Sea is a pink colour.
Nineteen-year-old university student Ammar Al Farsi was one of the first to capture images of the lake and share them to social media.
Dr. Saif Al Ghais, Director General of the Environment Protection and Development Authority in Ras AlKhaimah, told Arabic daily Al Khaleej: “The water discolouration and its transformation to pink is due to the proliferation of red algae, which include more than 4,000 species.”
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