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Petrified Animals Of Lake Natron

by | 4th, November 2013

NICK Branbdt has photographed creatures he found washed up on the shores of Tanzania’s Lake Natron. The lakes has a pH of 9 to 10.5, causing the animals to be preserved. He says:

“I unexpectedly found the creatures – all manner of birds and bats – washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania. No-one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake. The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds. The soda and salt causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry. I took these creatures as I found them on the shoreline, and then placed them in ‘living’ positions, bringing them back to ‘life’, as it were. Reanimated, alive again in death.”

Taxidermists, eat out hearts out:

The Flamingo

fish eagle

 

 

The Dove

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