River otter spotted at Oakland's Lake Merritt

OAKLAND, Calif.

Berkeley resident Greg Lewis was out for a row on the lake when he spotted a river otter squirming around on a dock.

He snapped several photos of the creature. It's the first otter spotted on the lake in decades.

This year, the city began reopening a channel connecting the Oakland estuary and the lake.

Tests show bacteria levels and trash floating in the lake has dropped dramatically.

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