Known for its remarkably beautiful view, looking like a giant strawberry milkshake, Lake Retba is breathtaking. Locally known as Lac Rose, located a few kilometres away from Dakar, Senegal, the lake served as the finishing point of the Dakar Rally some years back. The lake has a salinity of over 40%, a salt content that rivals that of the Dead Sea.
Lake Retba, Senegal. Often mislabeled as Australia. The only naturally pink lake in the world. Safe to swim in. pic.twitter.com/f0t4dhWasi
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The lake is a popular tourist destination, and it’s also a destination for people interested in harvesting salt. The level of salinity is so high that if one doesn’t protect the skin by rubbing skin protection cream, it will corrode the skin. The salt harvested from the lake is used all over West Africa.
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The pinkness of the lake can only be seen during the dry season, from November to June. The pinkness is caused by algae called dunaliella salina. This algae is also used in cosmetic and dietary supplements.
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The Atlantic Ocean borders the lake, separated from the lake by sand dunes. The lake means different things to different people. To the tourists, it’s a beautiful exotic place to be and gaze at. To the locals, it is a source of livelihood from which their daily food comes from.
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A pink lake, because of aharmless bacteria – Lake Retba, north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal pic.twitter.com/Uop0ir8xgt
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Lake Retba or Lac Rose, north of Senegal pic.twitter.com/DbC1LiRhW3
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The lake is being considered by UNESCO for the world heritage status. It has been under consideration for the world heritage site status since 2005.