The salt lake at Westgate Park has turned pink! It takes a combination of elements to create this natural phenomenon; very high salt levels, high temperatures, increased sunlight and lack of rainfall.

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The salt lake at Westgate Park has turned pink in Melbourne, Australia! via Twitter

If you’re wondering what causes the red pigment, it’s algae growing in the salt crust, which is responding to extremely high salt levels.

Pretty to look at, but not to touch! We recommend you don’t come into contact with the water, and please refrain from walking on the sensitive lake edge.

This man-made lake turned pink in December 2012 for the first time. Since then, the unusual phenomenon has been observed almost every summer. This year algae bloom will last until late autumn.

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