Guaranteed to make you smile: Sina the spinning sea otter

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

SAN DIEGO -- SeaWorld is celebrating Sea Otter Awareness Week a little early by sharing some adorable video of an otter who loves, loves, loves to spin. (Think of a kid spinning in an inner tube in the swimming pool. This is the otter equivalent.)

Sina, a 2-year-old California sea otter, was rescued on Aug. 11, 2012 after she found orphaned on Del Monte Beach in Monterey, California. She was only a few days old.

Initially hand-raised by the of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation (SORAC) program staff, Sina was brought to SeaWorld San Diego in January 2013 for long-term care.

Sina lives at her Otter Outlook exhibit, next to the marine park’s Dolphin Point, with three other rescued California sea otters – Clover, Coco and Mocha.

The California sea otter is listed as a threatened species by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Threats include oil spills, entanglement in fishing nets and disease. Sina and her friends are ambassadors for their species, teaching millions of park guests and students every year about sea otters, the threats they face in the wild, and how we can help protect their ocean habitat.

Sea Otter Awareness Week is Sept. 21-27.