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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64 comments

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago

Thanks!

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Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege5 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.

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Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege5 years ago

Yeah, and did the flippers work?

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Douglas S.
Douglas S5 years ago

Neat

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Lindsey Williams
Lindsey Williams5 years ago

thank you.

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Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence5 years ago

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

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jayasri amma
jayasri amma5 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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jayasri amma
jayasri amma5 years ago

amazing

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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

amazing

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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?

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