A lake in Melbourne has become a sparkling, shiny pink and has fascinated locals after a perfect storm of high temperatures and little rainfall that came into play.
The salt lake in Westgate Park, just above the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne's core, can turn a bright pink or red colour during the warmer months.
The unusual colour is down to a mix of high salt concentration, high temperatures and little rainfall affecting the algae in the water.
Well, even if it does look beautiful, the park strictly prohibits the touching of 'Pink' water directly.
"Enjoy the views, but we recommend you don't come into contact with the water," said Parks Victoria in their statement.
At that time, there was no impact on the wildlife and birdlife. As of now, there are no instructions available if the bacterium is dangerous, but still, people are advised not to come in contact of the lake.
The lake would go back to the natural hue when temperatures fall and rain would occur more frequently, but for now it will remain pink.
To name a few places where such change in colour of the water is spotted are Spain's Salina de Torrevieja, Canada's Dusty Rose Lake and Senegal's Lake Retba.
"It's completely natural," he quoted. "We often get comments that it looks like an industrial accident of pink paint," says Dr Norman.
That's beta-carotene, and the algae are present in it as part of its photosynthesis process, due to the notably high salt levels.
PS: Beta-carotene is also the cause why flamingo wings are pink. They consume algae that are packed with the stuff. The lake is predicted to drop its vibrant colour - and turn to monotonous blue by wintertime.
That's all, folks!