A tiny lake in Ras Al Khaimah’s coastline mysteriously turned pink and it’s sending social media into a spiral after a 19-year-old captured a series of breathtaking aerial view shots using a drone.
Emirati student Ammar Al Farsi came to know about the pink lake off the Saraya Islands coast through his friend and made his way for Ras Al Khaimah with his camera and drone to capture what the lake looks like from a bird’s eye view. It was only a matter of time before social media would set abuzz with numerous users searching its whereabouts and wanting to know more about the lake.
Sure, the UAE plays host to a plethora of Instagrammable lakes and waterways, but let us tell you, there’s nothing quite like this pink lake in the country.
If you’re anyone like us curious to know how does seawater turn pink, it’s likely that the lake consists of Dunaliella algae species, often found in shades of red and pink. It boasts of Salinibacter ruber DNA which is responsible for the bubble-gum colour, according to Discovery.
It’s worth mentioning the waters are safe for swimming too.
Ras Al Khaimah Environment Protection and Development Authority’s Director General, Dr. Saif Al Ghais told local newspaper Al Khaleej, “The water discoloration and its transformation to pink is due to the proliferation of red algae, which include more than 4,000 species.”
(Featured photograph credit: Ammar Alfarsi)