Turtle swimming again with new prosthetic flippers

February 14, 2013 12:33:28 PM PST
A loggerhead turtle is back in the swim of things thanks to some innovation thinking.

"Yu-chan" showed off her new prosthetic flippers this week at the Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe, Japan. She was found in a fishing net back in 2008 with badly-damaged fins, probably from a shark attack.

In that time she's had 27 different sets of flippers.

This time though, researchers strapped a special jacket outfitted with the flippers around her shell. It's a better fit, and easier for her to swim.