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If at first you don’t succeed at getting a badly injured turtle to swim again, keep trying newer and better artificial flippers until you find a set that works. That was the mantra of keepers at the Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe, Japan, after they rescued this loggerhead turtle, which had gotten the worst of an encounter with a shark. The set-up seen here is the 27th pair of replacement flippers to be fitted to the 25-year-old turtle.
Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.