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This Siberian lake has just turned bright pink a couple of months early

Lake Burlinskoye turns a bright pink colour in hot temperatures due to an overload of tiny shrimp.

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LIKE MOST BODIES of water, Siberia’s Lake Burlinskoye spends much of the year on the cool side of the colour wheel: tasteful blue, murky gray.

Once a summer, though, the lake lets loose and turns a bright, flamingo pink.

As the Siberian Times reports, this year’s transformation is currently in full swing. Photos show excited swimmers wading through what looks like a massive basin of powder-made lemonade, stretching towards the horizon. Small waves roll ashore in varying shades, as though someone gave the lake a pink ombre dye-job.

As with other, more famous pink lakes, Burlinskoye is extremely salty. It gets its seasonal blush from an overload of artemia salina, a tiny, salt-loving brine shrimp. (This shrimp is almost as odd as its home – it has three eyes and eleven pairs of legs, and swims with its feet pointed up.)

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Normally, it takes until late August for the pinkening to occur. But as the Siberian Times explains, this year’s unusually hot weather has given the lake an early sunburn -the video above is from way back in June.

While this particular climate change symptom is less terrifying than, say, unfrozen reindeer anthrax, it’s a good visual reminder – when even the water is flushed, you know it’s hot.

- Cara Giaimo

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