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Photo © Audrey Jeane
The Colors of the Drought

The Colors of the Drought
by Jose Fragozo


When this picture was taken, Nairobi National Park was struggling with the effects of prolonged drought and rising temperatures, which were evident in the shrinking and stagnant water bodies, where blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) had been growing rapidly. The crocodile in the picture lived in algae-rich water, where it got its color from. Cyanobacteria can produce toxins, causing liver, neural and gastrointestinal damage.