WORCESTER, Mass. (WFLA) — An endangered sea turtle now has a chance to keep on swimming thanks to students at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.
A team of three Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seniors, majoring in engineering, designed and created a first-of-its-kind prosthetic flipper to help Lola the sea turtle swim properly.
Lola lost her flipper in a fishing net accident back in 2002. Her new flipper is made out of silicone. Lola is now back to her old self happily swimming around the Key West Aquarium.
This cool flipper is expected to become an option for other injured sea animals.
This is important because flipper injuries are the most common type of injury among this endangered species.
The prosthetic flipper will save lives because without this technology many sea turtles are too gravely injured to be rehabilitated.
Students said they hope more rescue centers will use their fin design, so fewer sea turtles have to be euthanized.