By Luke Kenton
This is the adorable moment that a friendly sea lion pup spins and pirouettes playfully with a girl, at the waving of an umbrella.
This clever pup couldn’t get enough of this woman’s umbrella at the Oceanographic aquarium in Valencia, Spain.
Captured on January 20, Anton Juhant and his family, from Škofja Loka, Slovenia, noticed the sea lion taking a particular interest in their polka-dot umbrella.
After opening it to give the curious pup a closer look, Anton’s daughter Tina begins to turn it slowly and incredibly, the sea lion begins to spin with it.
Gripping its tail in its mouth, the pup rotates and barrel rolls in a synchronised motion to the brolly, utterly transfixed by the movement.
Anton said: “This was such a special moment.
“My wife and kids all adore animals, so it was an encounter we all very much enjoyed.
“The kids were going crazy when he first started to spin, trying to get him to change directions and at different speeds.
“He went back up for air several times, but kept coming back for more.
“We played with him like that for about 15 minutes.
“The kids didn’t want to leave.”