Prosthesis offers hope for tailless dolphin


CLEARWATER, Fla. — Prosthetic specialist Kevin Carroll travels the country tackling the toughest human amputation cases, so it was only natural that he was also drawn to Winter — the only known dolphin to survive the loss of her powerful tail flukes.
“My heart went out to her, and I was thinking I could probably put a tail on her,” said Carroll, vice president of prosthetics at Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc.
Recreating one of the most powerful swimming mechanisms in nature turned out to be a lot tougher than expected. But after months of experimenting, Carroll and a unique team of experts are well on their way to, as one of them puts it, “MacGyvering” a tail for Winter.

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