Haunting Photographs Of Animals Turned To Stone By A Deadly Lake

Don't get too close to the water.

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"No one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake's surface confuses them, causing them to crash into the lake," Brandt says.

Lake Natron is a salt lake and has a pH level around 9.5 to 10 — extremely alkaline — that preserves the animals after their death.

Brandt found the calcified animals around the lake and positioned them for the photographs.

© Nick Brandt 2013 Courtesy of ATLAS Gallery, London

“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,” Blandt says.