New Suit sends Injured Turtle on straight path
Turtle rescuers near South Padre Island, Texas, have demonstrated the first fin suit designed to allow a green sea turtle that lost three of its flippers to finally swim a straight line. On Wednesday, workers at Sea Turtle Inc. strapped Allison, a 5-year-old turtle, into a neoprene "ninja" suit that holds a carbon-fiber fin in place on her back. The fin acts as a rudder, allowing her to propel herself forward with her lone flipper. The success follows failed attempts last year to fit her with a prosthetic rear flipper. Before today, Allison could only swim in tight circles with her one flipper, the result, rescuers believe, of a shark attack.
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Be informed friend of the feathered
Do you know what to do if you find a sick or injured bird? Marion Eslick of the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary will talk about bird rescue and rehabilitation at the Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center in Boyd Hill Nature Park at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Eslick will also talk about what happens to sick birds from the time they are admitted to the moment they are released. The seminar is free. For information, call (727) 893-7326.
March of kingfish events is on
Kingfish season is cranking up, and you can test your skills in one of the area's first tournaments. Billy's Stone Crab Spring King Fish event is Saturday with a weigh-in at 3 at the restaurant in Tierra Verde. Registration and the captains' meeting is from 5 to 9 tonight at the restaurant in Tierra Verde. The cost is $100 per boat. For information, call (727) 458-6731 or (727) 542-9000. Rodney Page, Times staff writer