If this sea turtle gets her prosthetic flipper, she’ll still just have two flippers. Huh.

by JGordon on Mar. 02nd, 2008

Not the same turtle: But I only count one flipper.
Not the same turtle: But I only count one flipper.Courtesy jurvetson
This green sea turtle was found by tourists after having lost all but one of her flippers. With the help of the nonprofit group Sea Turtle Inc. she was able to survive, and her wounds were healed. Unfortunately, with just one flipper, the turtle can only swim in counterclockwise circles, and has to push herself off the floor of her pool with her head in order to surface for air. That's mostly sad.

She does, however, have a little stump left where one of her flippers were, for which her caregivers hope to construct the first prosthetic sea turtle limb ever (probably.)

A prosthetic turtle flipper. All right.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

nelson.robin's picture
nelson.robin says:

thats is so sad.. i really do like turtles, i;m glad that sea turtles inc was able to help the turtle survive.

posted on Sun, 03/02/2008 - 5:35pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

I'm confused. Just how many flippers did this thing have originally? Does she still have three or just one? And does it matter?

posted on Sun, 03/02/2008 - 11:11pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Ah, thank you mdr.
She just has one--that was my brain trying (and succeeding) to escape from my head. I'll fix that.
And of course it matters! Unless you think the hilarity of a turtle that can only swim in circles is more important than a happy turtle. Although... this may be the case.

posted on Mon, 03/03/2008 - 12:11pm
flinch619's picture
flinch619 says:

cant you put 3 fake flippers on that turtle?


posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 9:45am
zephyr's picture
zephyr says:

Thats sweet...... i cant believe that it survived with only one flipper..........cant you give it a fake leg!!!!!!!

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 9:49am
bert123's picture
bert123 says:

i think its a cool thing that they want to make prosthetic flippers for the little guy but my question is how will they get the money for it? and how much will it cost for each turtle to get it done?
IBI Call it what you want IBI

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 9:53am
koallainfestation37's picture
koallainfestation37 says:

i really like turtles
but i cant see the point in giving a wild animal
a piece of equipment thats more expensive than an ipod
what then, would it be the new iturtle

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 9:57am
Looney_Tooney's picture
Looney_Tooney says:

That's My Boy Flipper!!!

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 9:57am
tiffany_88's picture
tiffany_88 says:

Is perfect what found persons how worried to the safe of the animals.

posted on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 10:07am

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