River otter spotted at Oakland's Lake Merritt

A river otter has been spotted at Oakland's Lake Merritt. (Photo courtesy Greg Lewis)

October 27, 2013 2:17:54 PM PDT
Oakland's recently revitalized Lake Merritt is making a comeback, and we have the photos to prove it!

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.