The Lake Natron mystery started making buzz online when photographer Nick Brandy shared the captures of animals that appeared as corpses after having allegedly crashed on the form of water in Tanzania.
Huffington Post reports that Brandt even wrote about his photographic experience in the book entitled "Across the Ravaged Land." He mentioned that it is uncertain how long it took before the animals passed away but it is assumed the reflective factor of the lake is one huge factor, as it caused bats, birds and other animals crash into it.
The Lake Natron cannot serve as a hospitable place for life forms but is home to different kinds of bacteria and algae too. New Scientist adds that the reason the lake bears the bloody red colour is due to its temperature that can reach as high as 140 degrees in Fahrenheit.
According to Brandt's email to The Huffington Post, the creatures he found in its shoreline were all "rock hard" that all its parts were preserved down to the very hair strand of every creature. It was in years 2010 and 2012 that he was able to shoot the photos of the animals which looked like dried up statues. He just made the portraits a lot more creative by placing them in positions when they were still living. "Re-animated, alive again in death," Brandt explained.
Geekosystem wrote an interesting article too explaining more of the scientific explanations behind the Lake Natron mystery. One of the claims that the site insists should be corrected is that the preservation does not transpire in an instant! Another is that the creatures do not literally turn into "stone." It is not entirely turning the animals to become immovable or else the photographer would have failed in repositioning it for creativity purposes. Its appearance that is chalky makes it close but not completely the same as the mummies of Egypt.
Finally, there are still several species that are able to live in the form of water despite the Lake Natron mystery. Examples of these are the extremophile fish and several types of algae that can survive in alkaline waters. It is still the biggest breeding place of flamingos who go there to eat algae.
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