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19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Sanctuary

Flamingos get their pink colors because of the nutriments they’re live on, the Artemia, also known as brine shrimp, which contains a natural pink dye called canthaxanthin, and diatoms and other kind of unicellular microalgea. The white part of the image image is Borax, a alkaline mineral derived from the mixture of a hydrated sodium salt and boric acid.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2019
Date Uploaded: 08.2021
Photo Location: Bolivia
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Copyright: © Olivier Boëls