November 21, 2018

Aquarium fights to get disabled turtle swimming again with prosthetic fins

Life looked grim for Yu, a loggerhead turtle, when she washed up in a Japanese fishing net five years ago, her front flippers shredded after a brutal encounter with a shark.

Now keepers at an aquarium in the western Japanese city of Kobe are looking for a high-tech solution that will allow the 25-year-old turtle to swim normally again after years of labor and 27 models of prosthetic fins behind them without achieving their goal.

Yu, weighing 227 pounds and 32 inches long, first came to the attention of keepers at the Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe after she was rushed there