End Times? Texas Lake Turns Blood-Red
Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer
Date: 01 August 2011 Time: 05:31 PM ET
|OC Fisher, a reservoir in West Texas, turned blood-red in recent weeks — what’s left of it anyway. Due to unrelenting drought in Texas, the lake has almost entirely dried up, leaving thousands of dead fish behind. As of the last week in July, when this photo was taken, bacteria had turned the stagnant dregs of the lake red.
CREDIT: Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries–San Angelo
A Texas lake that turned blood-red this summer may not be a sign of the End Times, but probably is the end of a popular fishing and recreation spot.
A drought has left the OC Fisher Reservoir in San Angelo State Park in West Texas almost entirely dry. The water that is left is stagnant, full of dead fish — and a deep, opaque red.
The color has some apocalypse believers suggesting that OC Fisher is an early sign of the end of the world, but Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries officials say the bloody look is the result of Chromatiaceae bacteria, which thrive in oxygen-deprived water.
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