Sunday, 18 May 2014

Israeli team designs prosthetic fin to save turtle

5 hours ago by Alon Bernstein
In this photo taken Thursday, May 15, 2014, the green sea turtle, named "Hofesh," the Hebrew word for "freedom," receives a new prosthetic fin at the Sea Turtle Rescue Center in Michmoret, Israel. The badly injured sea turtle's prospects are …more

A badly injured sea turtle's prospects are looking up—thanks to a new prosthetic fin designed by an Israeli team and modeled after the wings of a U.S. fighter jet.

The green sea turtle, named "Hofesh," the Hebrew word for "freedom," was caught in a fishing net off Israel's Mediterranean coast in early 2009. With his two left flippers badly wounded, rescuers had to amputate, leaving him with a pair of stumps that made it difficult to swim.

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