A pond in Hawaii has mysteriously turned vibrant pink – with consultants voicing issues concerning the weird phenomenon.
Curious onlookers have been flocking to the pond after pictures first appeared on social media.
Volunteers on the Kealia Pond National 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, stated he was first alerted by somebody strolling on the seashore who instructed him: “There’s something weird going on over here”.
But whereas it might look enjoyable, officers suppose the reason for the pond turning pink could possibly be extra regarding.
Maui has been experiencing a drought which scientists say could also be accountable.
Toxic algae was first thought of a suspect, however lab checks discovered it was not the reason for the color.
Instead, an organism referred to as halobacteria may be the offender.
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 at present twice the salinity of seawater.
However, Mr Wolfe stated the pond has beforehand been by durations of drought and excessive salinity and it stays a thriller why the color has modified now.
DNA evaluation nonetheless must be finished to verify the supply of the transformation.
Visitors are being warned to not enter the water or eat any fish caught there whereas the trigger is investigated.