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Frolicking Otter Spotted At SF’s Sutro Baths

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A viewer sent in this photo of an otter spotted at San Francisco's Sutro Baths. (Natures Lantern)

A viewer sent in this photo of an otter spotted at San Francisco’s Sutro Baths. (Natures Lantern)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A CBS 5 viewer and regular visitor to the area sent in video and images of an otter sunning itself at San Francisco’s historic Sutro Baths.

David Cruz, who posted YouTube video and Flickr photos under the name Nature’s Lantern, described the scene as a “neat rarity.”

The Sutro Baths are ruins of a former private swimming complex located just north of the Cliff House on San Francisco’s Northwestern edge. Once a recreational destination, the baths burned in 1966 and were abandoned. Now the remaining saltwater pools make it a more ideal destination for wildlife.

As we reported in August, the otter population appears to be on the rise, according to a federal study.

USGS said there are now 2,792 sea otters in California waters, compared with 2,711 in 2010.

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