Rocky is a sea turtle that survived almost two decades without its front fin. He lost after being threatened by a boat in Florida, and he also suffered damage to his shell.
The Chelonian, between 25 and 30 years, did not know how to swim very well due to his disability. His story changed employees at the Key West aquarium, who rescued him in 2001. Since then, he has started using a life-jacket-type device.
Everything was about to change for Rocky. The agency contacted Kevin Carroll, who had created a prosthesis and asked him to help him return to the sea.
Carroll traveled from Orlando to take the measurements and began building the prosthesis with the help of his team at the prestigious Hanger Clinic.
On November 15, Rocky was taken to the water in the aquarium, where he first swam with his prosthetic fin. Stunned at first, he did not understand what was happening.
He was so accustomed to swimming with his trunk that he did not realize that he now wore both fins.
It did not take long to go swimming again and enjoy the ocean. Rocky sneezed, touched and even managed to take her friend Nora for the fun. The clip has become viral YouTube .
Nora, another sea turtle, also has no fins, but Carroll and her team rushed to say she would be the next to receive a prosthesis.
"I think with the turtles they have a good willingness to work with you, if they could talk, I think they would be saying" let's do it "," explained Carroll.