One-flipper turtle gets Ninja suit to help it swim
Turtle rescuers have demonstrated the first fin suit designed to allow a green sea turtle that lost three of its flippers to finally swim a straight line.
Workers at Sea Turtle Inc strapped Allison, a five-year-old rescued turtle, on Wednesday into a neoprene “ninja” suit that holds a carbon-fibre fin in place on her back. The fin acts as a rudder, allowing her to propel herself forward with her sole fin. The success follows failed attempts last year to fit her with a prosthetic rear flipper.
Before today, Allison could only swim in tight circles with her one good flipper.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND