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Hutt Lagoon / Pink Lake

Hutt Lagoon / Pink Lake

Port Gregory, Western Australia.

The Pink Lake gets its spectacular colour from the algal blooms of the microscopic algae Dunaliella salina. Dunaliella salina algae bloom when conditions are salty, sunny and warm, as found in the Hutt Lagoon near Port Gregory.
The algae produce carotenoids to protect themselves from these harsh conditions and the carotenoids are what gives the lakes their unusual and beautiful colours.

The algae is cultivated and harvested in the Hutt Lagoon and the natural mix of carotenoids (including beta and alpha carotene, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin) are extracted.
These are then sold world-wide for use in dietary supplements, aquaculture feeds and as a natural food colouring.

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Chris(tine)02-Sep-2012 06:51
My initial thought was 'chemicals', so glad you added the info. It really is an amazing colour.
Yves Marquis29-Aug-2012 23:37
Vickie BROWN29-Aug-2012 19:58
A heavenly scene with gorgeous colours, Sheila! BV
Phillip Normanton29-Aug-2012 19:43
Crikey - that looks very odd - don't think I'd want a swim, or a drink! :o)
Bill Miller29-Aug-2012 18:51
Great colours, Sheila. It reminds me if the salt pans in the south of France.
Peter Stahl29-Aug-2012 01:16
Excellent capture and info! :-))
lou_rozensteins29-Aug-2012 00:09
Very unusual and interesting. Thanks for the information too!
Karen Stuebing28-Aug-2012 22:06
That is certainly an amazing color of water. Beautifully composed scene and it really works well with the blue sky. V.
Stephanie28-Aug-2012 21:59
What an amazing lake! Interesting info and beautiful image Sheila! V
Colin Storey28-Aug-2012 20:18
What a fantastic place and a superb image from it, great explanation.
Brian Samuel28-Aug-2012 20:05
How bazaar - a quite incredible shot!
I bet this is what NASA would have liked to see from their Mars rover.
Máire Uí Mhaicín28-Aug-2012 19:45
A wonderful scene, marvellously portrayed here.
Johnny JAG28-Aug-2012 19:33
WOW, that's incredible
Martin Lamoon28-Aug-2012 18:40
An superb photograph and interesting information on the Algae. V
Sam Rua28-Aug-2012 15:40
Another example of what makes Nature so amazing. Nice capture and background information, Sheila.
Tom Munson28-Aug-2012 15:08
Great shot and commentary, Sheila! That is a pretty color!!
soulis28-Aug-2012 13:03
Very beautiful work. V.
Yvonne28-Aug-2012 12:31
A beautiful shot Sheila, and interesting to read the science behind the colour! v
laine28-Aug-2012 10:52
Nature is amazing isn't it!!
antidote328-Aug-2012 10:47
surreal w the lake colour....the eyes had to double check as it didn't compute with the blue sky. Read your comment/input....thanks.
joanteno28-Aug-2012 08:55
Very interesting.. great shot.
Susan Leigh28-Aug-2012 06:55
Oh wow, that is so beautiful!! Stunning shot.
shatterbug28-Aug-2012 05:51
Very well composed...thanks for the interesting caption!