This Deadly Lake in Africa Turns Animals to Calcified Stone-Like Statues

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At first glance, Lake Natron in northern Tanzania looks like any other beautiful body of water. Fluffy pink flamingos stand in groups on the shore, and towering mountains provide a picturesque backdrop. But upon closer inspection, something isn’t quite right about this lake, and it’s doing something truly disturbing to any animal that dare enter it.

Keep reading to discover what’s really going on with the deceivingly beautiful Lake Natron, and why it’s known as the “Petrifying Lake.”

Other than that, it’s inhospitable to living creatures.

It’s a Soda Lake or alkaline lake, which means it has extraordinarily high concentrations of carbonate salts.

It’s also a shocking blood-red color, which it gets from the bacteria that inhabit it.  

The pH of Lake Natron is 10.5, which can cause horrible burns to the eye and skin of animals that haven’t adapted to such high levels.

They build their nests on small islands during the dry season.

Both lakes are extremely shallow and are fed by smaller rivers and hot springs. Brandt discovered something amazing during his trip to Lake Natron, and the photographs will take your breath away.

The haunting photos are almost too amazing to believe.        

“The entire fish eagle was the most surprising and revelatory find.”  

“No one knows for certain exactly how [these animals] die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, causing them to crash into the lake,” Brandt wrote in his photo book.  

“The soda and salt causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry,” he said.

“There was never any possibility of bending a wing or turning a head to make a better pose — they were like rock,” he said, “so we took them and placed them on branches and rocks just as we found them, always with a view to imagining it as a portrait in death,” he added.

“The notion of portraits of dead animals in the place where they once lived, placed in positions as if alive again in death, was just too compelling to ignore,” said Brandt. “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. Re-animated, alive again in death.”