Deadly blood-red lake turns dead animals into eerie stone-like creatures

There is a deadly blood-red lake which turns animals into scary stone-like creatures.

Lake Natron In Tanzania, Africa is one of the continent's most serene – and terrifying – lakes.

Anyone or anything not used to the lake's alkaline water, which has a pH level as high as 10.5, could experience burns to their skin and eyes.

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The levels come from the sodium carbonate and other minerals which flow into the lake from the surrounding hills.

Sodium carbonate was once used by the Egyptians as part of the mummification as it acts as a natural preservative, as reported by Live Science.

So, when an unlucky animal dies in the water, calcification occurs – calcium salts begin to accumulate in the body tissue.

Preserving the body and giving the impression the animal has turned to stone.

As if the lake wasn’t eerie enough, due to the number of bacteria in the water is bright red and extremely hot.

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Previously wildlife photographer Nick Brandt captured several haunting images of the dead animals preserved on the lake.

According to the publication, he wrote in his book Across the Ravaged Land: "I unexpectedly found the creatures — all manner of birds and bats — washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron.

“No one knows for certain exactly how they die, but … the water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds."

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"I took these creatures as I found them on the shoreline, and then placed them in 'living' positions, bringing them back to 'life,' as it were.

"Reanimated, alive again in death."


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