The most liked sandy beaches and turquoise waters form a vision that will motivate travel bug in most people particularly when the weather cools. But though you might have imagined or see white or pale yellow sand.

There are a few rare destinations around the globe where the sandy beaches actually have a subtle shade of pink. Therefore, one of the most well-known examples is Pink Sands Beach, a three-mile-long stretch of sand on Harbour Island in the Bahamas.

Hence, the wonder is not caused by pollution or a trick of the light but rather, a micro-organism famous as foraminifera. Therefore, in the Bahamas, a rare species of the tiny creatures, Homotrema rubrum, have reddish shells according to the Royal Gazette.

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So, once they die, they get washed up on to the beaches where they blend in with the sand, pieces of coral and skeletons of other marine organisms to make the famous ‘pink sand’.

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It might seem like a trick of the light but it's in fact caused by a micro-organism. Above, Pink Beach on Padar Island in Indonesia's Komodo Flores
It might seem like a trick of the light but it’s in fact caused by a micro-organism. Above, Pink Beach on Padar Island in Indonesia’s Komodo Flores
One of the most famous example of the phenomenon is Pink Sands Beach, a three-mile long stretch of sand on Harbour Island in the Bahamas
One of the most famous example of the phenomenon is Pink Sands Beach, a three-mile long stretch of sand on Harbour Island in the Bahamas
The marine organism is known as foraminifera and some of the species have red shells. Above, Spiaggia Rosa on the island of Budelli in Sardinia
The marine organism is known as foraminifera and some of the species have red shells. Above, Spiaggia Rosa on the island of Budelli in Sardinia
The shade of pink varies according to the concentration of the foraminifera washed up on shore. Above, Elbow Beach in Paget Parish, Bermuda
The shade of pink varies according to the concentration of the foraminifera washed up on shore. Above, Elbow Beach in Paget Parish, Bermuda
Their are beaches around the world where the sand has a pink hue instead of the usual white or pale yellow. Above, Elafonisi beach in Crete
Their are beaches around the world where the sand has a pink hue instead of the usual white or pale yellow. Above, Elafonisi beach in Crete
When the creatures die, they get washed up on to the beaches and blend in with the sand. Above, Balos lagoon on Crete
When the creatures die, they get washed up on to the beaches and blend in with the sand. Above, Balos lagoon on Crete

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Originally posted 2016-10-20 09:57:14.

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