Disabled turtle gets fake flippers

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Five years ago a female loggerhead turtle lost her limbs in a savage shark attack but now she is set to swim again thanks to aquarium staff in Japan.

The 25 year old turtle named Yu was pulled out of a fisherman’s net nearly five years ago and was sent to the Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe, Japan. Since she was sent there the staff have been making a pair of prosthetic flippers for her so she could then swim in the sea once again!

Yu weighs 96kg (212lbs) and she has a shell that was 82cm (32ins) long and has already tried out 26 sets of fake limbs but they were proving too painful to use. So this time they have attached the rubber limps to a vest that covers her head and some of her body.

Naoki Kamezaki, Curator at Suma Aqualife park said, “We have worked hard to design the vest in a way that prevents the turtle from taking it off unwittingly,”

Xanthia, Year 4

Bourne Westfield Primary Newsroom

4 Responses to Disabled turtle gets fake flippers

  1. David Stanton February 15, 2013 at 10:09 am

    What a great story to read, lucky turtle 🙂

  2. Sam February 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    This is a fantastic story to report on Xanthia and you’ve written it so professionally too.

    I’m looking forward to reading lots of great articles on here, from the Bourne Westfield Primary Newsroom, and perhaps a radio programme in the coming weeks too for YJA Radio!

    Junior News Managing Editor

  3. george March 1, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    brill article xanthai hope you do more

    george, year 5

  4. Skyla February 7, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Yu is so cute and I am so happy that she is alright