Mexico’s pink lagoon must be the reason why Instagram was created. It’s SO pink that many people find it hard to believe it’s real. However, it’s completely natural, and there’s a perfect scientific explanation to it.

The lagoon can be found in the tiny fishing village of Las Coloradas, located on the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. No magic or paint were used to color the lagoon. It’s actually inhabited by the red plankton and brine shrimp and they dye the water with their chemicals. The fairytale-like landscape is also decorated with the piles of salt as Las Coloradas was once a salt mining town.

(h/t: mymodernmet)

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