TODAY   |  April 12, 2014

A turtle amputee gets custom fin thanks to student

An endangered sea turtle named Freedom has been saved thanks to a student project. Freedom the turtle lost two flippers after becoming tangled in fishing nets, but is now able to swim properly thanks to an enterprising design student. TODAY’s Jenna Wolfe reports.

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>>> finally this morning, good news for an endangered turtle named freedom. a sentence i've never said before. freedom lost the flippers on the left side of its body four years ago when it got caught in a fishing net . thanks to an industrial design student in israel, trouble no more. the student designed a dual fin for the turtle. freedom won't be released back to sea but its hope is that it will produce new baby turtles. so in the end, guys, freedom doesn't actually get --

>> freedom.

>> -- freedom. i wrote the whole story so i could get to that one line. did it work?

>> you sold it.

>> they didn't even have a turtle. there was no turtle. no, it is a great story. how about that student from israel with the prosthetic fin? that's amazing.