Amputee Turtle Gets Wings Modeled on the F-22

(Photo: AP)

Hofesh, a sea turtle, was caught in a fishing net off the coast of Israel in 2009. Doctors saved his life, but had to amputate his left-side fins, which were badly injured. As a result, Hofesh would probably drown if he was released into the wild.

Israel's Sea Turtle Rescue Center first tried to solve this problem by attaching a diver's fin to Hofesh. But the fin did not help him swim better.

Shlomi Gez, an industrial designer, came up with a solution. Inspired by the F-22 Raptor fighter plane, which is pictured below, Gez designed dorsal fins that help Hofesh steer through the water.

Although Hofesh will never be able to return to the wild, he is now able to swim in a tank at the Sea Turtle Rescue Center. He's not alone. His roomate is Tsurit, a female turtle blinded by a boat propeller. The Center hopes that the two will mate.

(Photo: Ewen Roberts)

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-via Huffington Post

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