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Yu Chan: The Bionic Turtle (video)

Yu Chan, a Loggerhead turtle, lost parts of two flippers and a tail from a shark attack. In Japan, a company that usually makes prosthetics for humans, made artificial flippers for Yu Chan. They were strapped on to the stumps and Yu Chan was put into a tank to see if they would work.

They did. So Yu Chan was released back into the sea to regain her life—the world’s first bionic turtle.

Photo credit: Richard Ling

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1:37PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Sorry, I hadn't read the last line of the story. I wish the Japanese were as helpful to whales and dolphins as they are to turtles.

1:34PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Yeah, and did the flippers work?

4:36PM PST on Feb 26, 2012


8:48AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

thank you.

4:55PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

WOW .. how amazing .. Bless this gorgeous fella!

4:08PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Thanks for sharing

3:51PM PST on Feb 23, 2012


6:27AM PST on Feb 23, 2012


5:08AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

I’ve always believed that if our species is here for a reason – it should be something like this. What better application of intelligence and science?

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