I found this story just in time for the ghoulish month of October.
There’s a lake in Tanzania called Lake Natron. Animals go there to get petrified.
No, it’s not a haunted lake for animals. They don’t have a weird obsession with trying to make themselves wet their pants every October.
They get turned to stone. How kind-of-awesome, kind-of-sad is that?
Clearly and obviously as I am reading this story, in my head I am seeing a beautiful bird standing on the edge of the lake, gracefully bowing its head to take a sip of water and then this happens…
…and you get this
Therefore, in my mind, I am absolutely amazed. The lake is red and its temperature reaches 140 degrees. Um, excuse me, that’s awesome.
Apparently and unfortunately, that’s not how the lake works.
According to the Huffington Post, the lake is really reflective and causes the animals to crash into it. That part’s pretty funny.
But then Discovery News goes and shatters my fun by telling me that the lake can actually support life and the only animals that do die are those who aren’t adapted to its high alkalinity. Then the sodium carbonate acts as a preservative for the animals and blah, blah, blah.
Anyhow, Nick Brandt has taken some awesome pictures of these animals that are just perfect for this ghostly month. Many of them appear in his “Across the Ravaged Land, Part 2” section of his website. Anyhow, this is your early trick-or-treat treat. Better start working on those costumes.