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Do you know what the pink colour of the waters of the La Mata and Torrevieja Lakes Natural Park is due to?

The Natural Park of the La Mata and Torrevieja Lakes is a wonderful spot, where watching the sunset becomes an unforgettable experience. 

The most characteristic of this beautiful place is the pink color of its waters. Did you know why it has this pinkish tonality? 

We'll tell you about it.

Given the high concentration of salt in these waters, there are very few organisms that can live in them. One of the microorganisms that do resist this salinity is an algae called Dunaliella salina. This unicellular microalgae, due to its high beta-carotene content, is responsible for the characteristic reddish-pink colour of the lagoon.

The other organism that is decisive in bringing this colour to the water is a small crustacean called Artemia Salina. This micro crustacean, which is also reddish in colour, feeds on the algae in the water.

The high concentration of both that there is in this lagoon concretely, gives it that pink tonality. Furthermore, did you know that flamingos' feathers are pink because they feed on these crustaceans?

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