Pink Lakes: The Mystery Behind the Beauty

Lake Hillier, The Mystery of the Pink Lake

Lake Hillier by Kurioziteti123 via Wikimedia cc

The Mystery Of The Pink Lake In Australia

There are many peculiar things on the planet we call home, earth, but there are also many things that make you wonder about the world. This is not something that can be overlooked in any way. One of them is the presence of pink lakes in several locations worldwide. Its breathtaking beauty attracts tourists, photographers, and scientists who are curious about the natural phenomenon for which it is known and want to learn more about it.

Lake Hillier by Kurioziteti123 via Wikimedia cc
Lake Hillier By Kurioziteti123 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

The natural phenomenon of pink lakes

Although it looks like a scam, and we think the images are part of a large hoax performed online and made viable by image editing software, the pink lakes are real. This is even though it seems to be a fake. In addition, there was no one there to add any chemical substances to the water. Either bacteria or algae may have caused the strikingly pink tint that was seen, and both of these factors have been recognized as possible culprits.

Alga Dunaliella Salina

A type of algae known as Dunaliella Salina can flourish in situations with a significant amount of salt present. It does this by absorbing sunlight and converting it into its own kind of usable energy. This helps it to keep its own vigor. Because of the presence of red pigments, the water becomes a unique hue of pink as a consequence of this procedure.

Pink Lake (Lake Hillier) on Middle Island off the coast of Esperance Western Australia by Yodaobione via Wikimedia cc
Pink Lake (Lake Hillier) on Middle Island off the coast of Esperance Western Australia By Yodaobione – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc


It has been hypothesized that the natural occurrence of pink lakes is caused by the presence of another kind of bacteria known as Halobacteria. This hypothesis is the second of two possible explanations for the phenomenon. They are a kind of bacterium that grows best in salty environments, and when they mature into a structure like a flower, they also color the water around them because the pigment in their bodies causes them to do so.

Lago Hillier

Even though these two hypotheses have been presented, the color of Lake Hillier, the first pink lake ever found, does not have a plausible explanation for its appearance. It was not seen for the first time until 1802 and is said to reside in the Recherche archipelago, located on the Middle Island of Australia. This was done in honor of an explorer who passed away from illness while participating in the voyage, and the name was chosen in his memory.

Lake Hillier Shoreline Pink Hue Salt Deposit by PruneCron via Wikimedia cc
Lake Hillier Shoreline Pink Hue Salt Deposit By PruneCron – Own work, CC0, cc

Is it possible to swim in a pink lake?

When one comes upon a lake that is an intense shade of pink, one can’t help but daydream of going for a swim in the lake’s waters. However, due to the very high concentration of salt present, these lakes can cause significant damage to the skin of those who swim in them. Shea butter should be applied all over the body before venturing outdoors.

This will protect the skin from the corrosive effects of salt and the other components that salt contains. Shea butter may be found at health food stores. This is also the approach that native people utilize to gather salt from lakes to augment their income.

Follow Out of Town Travel Blog on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest if you want more travel and tech-related updates.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.