Monday, February 19, 2007

A Tail For Fuji

I just thought this was neat. Bridgestone (you know, the tire company) used its expertise in working with rubber to make what's thought to be the first-ever artificial fin for a dolphin that had lost her tail fin (and much of her swimming ability) to disease. The dolphin's name is Fuji, and she lives at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Who'd have ever thought they'd come up with a dolphin prosthesis? The rubber fin has allowed her to regain her swimming chops, and even to do some of that impressive dolphin jumping that makes these aquatic acrobats such a treat to see perform, at aquariums or in the wild.

Added note of silliness: If Fuji's name were Flipper, with that tail fin of rubber, we could call her Flubber. I don't know why that strikes me as funny. Put it down to it being Monday. That's probably the best excuse I'm going to come up with.