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"Killer" Lake Natron Not Quite as Simple as Reported

Shocking, I know.

I thought the initial killer lake pics were awesome (and still do), but the “killer lake” idea isn’t accurate. Lake Natron doesn’t kill animals on contact. And these pictures are staged:

First of all, the preservation process is not something that happens instantaneously — it happens over a much longer period of time. Though the photos taken by Nick Brandt depict the petrified birds on perches and in naturalistic poses as if they were just petrified, they are all entirely staged. Brandt said as much in an e-mail to NBC news: ”I unexpectedly found the creatures — all manner of birds and bats — washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania[…] I took these creatures as I found them on the shoreline, and then placed them in ‘living’ positions, bringing them back to ‘life.’”

Emphasis mine.

The quote above is via Geekosystems, which goes into more depth about how the humidification process works, and the creatures that can (and do) live near the lake (like “lesser flamingos” and “extremophile fish”).

Still, cool pics, though.

via Geekosystems

and Nick Brandt via Gizmodo

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