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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Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago


Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege4 years ago

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.

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege4 years ago

Yeah, and did the flippers work?

Douglas S.
Douglas S.4 years ago


Lindsey Williams
Lindsey Williams4 years ago

thank you.

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence4 years ago

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

jayasri amma
jayasri amma4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

jayasri amma
jayasri amma4 years ago


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago


Kristina Golemanova

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?