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article imageFintastic! Dolphin fitted with artificial tail

By Carolyn E. Price     Feb 15, 2007 in Environment
What do you get when you put a tire manufacturer with a finless dolphin?
In Japan, a dolphin at an aquarium has been given a new lease of life. She's been fitted with an artificial fin. Four years ago, Fuji's tail fin was attacked by a mystery disease and two thirds of it had to be amputated.
Now, Fuji has a tire manufacturer and local veterinarians to thank for her artificial fin.
Fuji wears the fin for around two to three hours a day and her trainer is hoping that some improvements can be made to it so she can wear it for longer periods of time.
"We use material which doesn't last long. The part which acts as a cushion between the fin and Fuji's muscle, so as not to hurt it, wears off," Yoshitaka Kasue said.
"So, in order for the fin to be used for a long period of time, we need to improve the resilience of the artificial fin," Kasue added.
Bridgestone Tire has reportedly spent around 42,000 pounds to creating the fin.
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