Stingray Spotted Swimming in Oakland's Lake Merritt

The lake is actually a tidal lagoon made up of a mixture of fresh and salt water

By NBC Bay Area Staff
|  Thursday, May 1, 2014  |  Updated 10:41 AM PDT
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Ashley Garver spotteda California bat ray in Oakland’s Lake Merritt and posted the photo to Instagram, Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

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It’s something you don't see every day: a California bat ray in Oakland’s Lake Merritt.

Biologists say the ray could have swam to brackish Lake Merritt simply out of curiosity, possibly searching for food, such as shrimp, clams or snails.

It probably won't stick around for long.

Last fall, someone spotted a river otter in Lake Merritt For the first time in decades.

If you're wondering, How does a sea creature get in a lake? There's an inlet that connects the lake to the bay.

 

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