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