A pond in Hawaii has mysteriously turned shiny pink – with specialists voicing considerations concerning the weird phenomenon.
Curious onlookers have been flocking to the pond after pictures first appeared on social media.
Volunteers on the Kealia Pond Nationwide Wildlife Refuge on Maui, a few of whom have been across the water for 70 years, say they’ve by no means seen something prefer it earlier than.
Bret Wolfe, the refuge supervisor, mentioned he was first alerted by somebody strolling on the seaside who advised him: “There’s one thing bizarre happening over right here”.
However whereas it could look enjoyable, officers assume the reason for the pond turning pink might be extra regarding.
Maui has been experiencing a drought which scientists say could also be accountable.
Poisonous algae was first thought-about a suspect, however lab checks discovered it was not the reason for the color.
As a substitute, an organism referred to as halobacteria could be the wrongdoer.
Halobacteria are a sort of archaea or single-celled organism that thrive in our bodies of water with excessive ranges of salt.
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The salinity contained in the Kealia Pond outlet space is presently twice the salinity of seawater.
Nevertheless, Mr Wolfe mentioned the pond has beforehand been by way of intervals of drought and excessive salinity and it stays a thriller why the color has modified now.
DNA evaluation nonetheless must be completed to verify the supply of the transformation.
Guests are being warned to not enter the water or eat any fish caught there whereas the trigger is investigated.