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Photo of a sea otter on its back eating crab. Text reads, "USFWS permit MA 101713-1"
Sample certificate of adoption with patient's photo and story in top half, certificate of adoption in bottom half.
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Adopt-a-Seal® Spinny - Exclusive Digital Download!

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2021 Patient of the Year Nominee

Southern sea otter Spinny was brought to our hospital for rehabilitative care after being found exhausted and suffering from shark bite wounds.

Spinny’s injuries prevented him from grooming properly, which is an important behavior in the wild because a sea otter’s only defense against chilly ocean water is its thick fur.

Needing hands-on care, Spinny was housed in our sea otter tote, an area specially designed for our most vulnerable sea otter patients. In fact, he was the first patient to use this tote as part of a treatment regimen. From the air temperature to the water level, the tote can be customized for a patient’s needs—perfect for a sea otter like Spinny that couldn’t stay warm!

As Spinny started to heal, he was moved to a deeper pool so he could get more exercise and regain his strength. After nearly three months of care, Spinny was released back to the wild with a second chance at life.

Adoption Details

This is an exclusive digital-only Adopt-a-Seal®. When you adopt this patient, you’ll automatically be able to download your adoption certificate, which shares this patient's photo and story on the first page and a blank certificate of adoption on the second. 

Download your digital Adopt-a-Seal® today!

Please note that this is a non-customizable, download-only certificate. To view patients available with personalized physical certificates, please see our Adopt-a-Seal Certificates section.