Pink Lake Retba of Senegal Looks Like An Alien Planet
Yes, Lake Retba of Senegal has water that is pink in color! While a pleasant strawberry milkshake effect comes to mind; in reality its more like an endless supply of Pepto Bismol or a bubblegum colored concoction. Sometimes it turns purple depending on the effect of sunlight during the day. Rightfully people in Senegal call it “Lac Rose” or the “Pink Lake” and if you are up to the task of travelling to Senegal, you will see it is truly out of this world and quite alien! Ranked #1 in “PINK Lake“ – How Many Are There On Earth?.
Yes, despite the awkward color, Lake Retba is quite a site. In fact the bright pink water body bordered by white salt deposits, makes a striking contrast. We think it should be ranked among the natural wonders of the world.
So Why is Lake Retba Pink?
The pink color of Lake Retba is the effect of high density of Dunaliella Salina algae in the lake. You might think that this makes this lake dangerous and you cannot go near it. Quite the contrary, a sizeable population of people in the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal make a living out of Lake Retba. The lake has a high concentration of salt in its water and the locals harvest it for a living.