No, this isn’t a giant strawberry milkshake with miniatures placed inside for effect, but rather a real lake in Senegal, West Africa. Its color may be mysterious to most, but it’s basically caused by the high salt content. Continue reading for a video and more information.
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.
To protect their skin from the harsh drying effects of the abundant mineral, salt collectors must first cover themselves in Shea butter before wading into the 3-meter deep lake.