Uncover the secrets of the Lake of Alligators

  The crocodile is one of the most ferocious carnivores on the planet, and the African Nile crocodile is even more frightening with its huge size and brutal attack power. If there were 10,000 Nile crocodiles living in a lake, what kind of horror would it be?
  There is such a terrible place on earth, it is the famous lake of alligators in Africa-Lake Turkana.
  Desert Gem
  of Africa Kenya can be described as a haven for wildlife, where the green grass everywhere, an oasis, home to thousands of animals. However, northern Kenya is a nightmare place.
  If you travel through northern Kenya by plane, you will be full of emotion for the cruelty and injustice of the creator: the land under your feet is extremely arid, the desert is endless, and the sight is desolate, and there are almost no living things living here. The plane kept flying forward, and suddenly, a striking blue-green appeared in the middle of nowhere, like a sapphire inlaid in the desert. As the distance got closer and closer, the blue and green became bigger and bigger, and finally, a beautiful lake appeared in front of you.
  This blue-green lake is the famous inland lake in Africa-Lake Turkana. It is not only the largest lake in Kenya, but also one of the largest saltwater lakes in the world.
  Although it is surrounded by deserts, Lake Turkana is surprisingly beautiful. A large number of blue algae grow in this lake with an area of ​​6,405 square kilometers. Blue algae float in the water, making the entire lake appear a pleasant blue-green. Standing by the lake, the breeze is blowing, and the lake is rippling with blue waves, which makes people trance in a dream. There are also 3 small volcanic islands in the lake, dotted with blue waves like pearls, looking beautiful.
  However, the extremely beautiful Lake Turkana is wandering with terrible demons, and the giant African Nile crocodile lies on the shore of the lake.
  Birth is
  the Nile crocodile is the largest crocodile on earth, they body up to 1.56 meters can weigh over one ton. The ferocious and cruel Nile crocodile can not only attack large herbivores such as wildebeest and buffalo, but also often attack humans.
  Every day, when the sun rises, the shores of Lake Turkana are full of Nile crocodiles enjoying “sunbathing”. They open their mouths and look terrifying, and they look chilling, and they can be seen from time to time. To the figure of Nile crocodile swimming. The number of Nile crocodiles in Lake Turkana is very large, they occupy the entire lake, the number has reached a terrifying 10,000.
  You may ask: Where do so many Nile crocodiles come from?
  As the name suggests, the Nile crocodile generally lives in the Nile River and its tributaries, while Lake Turkana is an independent lake surrounded by a vast desert. If the Nile crocodile wants to cross the desert to reach here, it is estimated that it will be caught within halfway. The high temperature in the desert caused the crocodiles to dry out.
  To solve the mystery of the life experience of the Nile crocodile in the lake, we must first figure out the origin of Lake Turkana. Looking at the “family tree” of Lake Turkana, experts are surprised to find that the origin of this lake is not simple: it was formed tens of millions of years ago, and the distant ancestors of mankind also lived by the lake, where they played Fishing, hunting, and starting from here, slowly go global. Therefore, Lake Turkana has also won the reputation of “the cradle of mankind”.
  Through scientific investigations, experts discovered that at the earliest, Lake Turkana was connected to the Nile River, that is to say, Lake Turkana was the upper reaches of the Nile River. In search of a better life, Nile crocodiles came to live in this lake in groups along the river. Later, the climate changed. With the advent of severe drought, the channel between Lake Turkana and the Nile was slowly interrupted, and a large desert was replaced. Therefore, the Nile crocodiles will never go back to the Nile River, and they have to “settled” in the lake for generations.
  Lake Life
  Nile crocodile great size, their appetite is also very alarming, an adult Nile crocodile meal can eat dozens of kilograms of meat, they are extremely acidic gastric juice, animal bones and skins will be digested thousand Two nets. Although they can stop eating for a year after a full meal, 10,000 crocodiles must have a large supply of meat to survive.
  Where does the food for these crocodiles come from?
  Let’s take a look around Lake Turkana. The environment near the lake is very harsh, full of deserts and wasteland. During the day, under the scorching sun, the temperature in the desert can reach 50°C, and the ground temperature is even higher, enough to bake the eggs. Although the temperature around the lake is high, the rainfall is pitiful. The annual rainfall is less than 200 millimeters. Often, the high temperature and heat waves evaporate before the rain reaches the ground. Due to the extreme drought, there are only some super drought-tolerant plants taking root around Lake Turkana. They grow sparsely on the scorching sand, leaving no animals at all-no animals are willing to risk living here.
  Obviously, there is no food on the land around the lake for the crocodiles to enjoy. The only thing they can count on is the blue-green lake that allows them to settle down.
  People fought over crocodile
  despite extremely desolate around Lake Turkana, the lake is an entirely different story: here is rich in perch, tiger fish, fin fish and more fish, especially perch can grow to two meters, The weight can reach hundreds of kilograms. It is their existence that provides a rich source of food for Nile crocodile. Every day, in addition to basking in the sun, the Nile crocodile swims around in the lake. When you are hungry, you can catch a delicious fish without much effort.
  So, what did these fish of Lake Turkana eat and grow up? The secret lies in the cyanobacteria. Because the lake water is rich in minerals, it is very suitable for the growth of cyanobacteria. Therefore, cyanobacteria cover the entire lake here, which provides a rich source of food for small fish and some aquatic organisms; big fish feed on small fish, thus forming A complete biological chain.
  The Nile crocodile depends on the fish in the lake to survive, and the people living in the lake have to live on the fish. The indigenous people living here are called El Molo, which means “fish-eater”. Because the surrounding land hardly grows any crops, almost all the people of Ermolo live on fishing. They often row a canoe to cast a net, or carry a spear into the lake to fish. People want to catch fish, and the Nile crocodile also does my part; in many cases, fierce conflicts erupt between the human and the crocodile. Every year, there will be scenes of war between people and crocodiles. The crocodiles are driven to the other side of the lake again and again, and the deaths of the El Molo people being attacked by the Nile crocodiles also occur from time to time.
  However, the most serious thing is not the conflict between crocodiles. Due to the impact of global warming, the water level of Lake Turkana is decreasing at a rate of 30 centimeters per year, which makes the lake water more and more alkaline and salty. Scientists pointed out that if the water level of the lake continues to drop, it will definitely affect the survival of the Nile crocodiles and the El Molo people, and the scene of the lake of all crocodiles may disappear