Turkish Lake Has Turned Blood Red


Danielle Andrew

Editorial Intern

clockJul 24 2015, 18:56 UTC
1306 Turkish Lake Has Turned Blood Red
Murat Oner Tas/Anadolu Agency/Getty.

A lake in Turkey has turned a crimson red color, due to Dunaliella salina algae that lives in the lake rapidly blossoming.

A marine species of algae, found in freshwaters all over the world, Dunaliella Salinas algae blossoms seasonally. Usually, D. salina is a green color, however, in conditions like the ones found in Tuz Golu lake – high salinity and large amounts of natural light - the algae can turn red due to the production of protective carotenoids within the cells.


Photographer Murat Oner Tas captured these impressive images on July 16, 2015, as the 600-mile-across lake completely changed color.

All Images: Murat Oner Tas/Anadolu Agency/Getty.

[H/T Mashable]

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