A nineteen-year-old university student, Ammar Al Farsi, discovered a pink lake in Ras Al Khaimah coastline that is making people in and around the UAE are going crazy on this discovery!
The student captured beautiful images of this wonderful lake with his drone by standing about 100 meters away from it. He estimated the lake to be appropriately 40m in length and 10m wide. The approximate location of the lake would be around Saraya Islands which is located in the Al Rams Area of Ras Al Khaimah.
In an article by howstuffworks.com, the pink colour of the lake was explained. The article said, the algae Dunaliella Salina and Halobacterium caused the lake to turn pink as both of these organisms thrive in salty environment. Both of the organisms secrete carotenoid red pigments which are in turn the reason for the pink colour of the lake. The same algae can be found in the Dead Sea.
Dr. Saif Al Ghais, the Director General of the Environment Protection and Development Authority in Ras Al Khaimah, told the Arabic daily 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.”
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