Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sea Turtle with Prosthetics

      Yu, a loggerhead sea turtle in Japan, was just fitted with her first-ever fully-functional set of prosthetic flippers!

A loggerhead sea turtle (not Yu) that we saw at a hospital
in North Carolina.

      Yu, just like Caretta, the loggerhead from my novel, lost both her front flippers in an accident. Scientists worked relentlessly to develop a prosthetic that would perform all the functions necessary of turtle flippers, including swimming and crawling on land. The community around where she was rescued rallied around to help support the research that made her recovery possible.

     To learn more, check out this link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/12/turtle-prosthetic-flippers-yu-chan_n_2670244.html?ncid=webmail12#slide=more280372