Saturday, November 20, 2004

Better than a peg leg

All of you burgeoning dolphin trainers will be interested in this one; a Japanese dolphin named Fiji has been the recipient of the world's first artificial fin. Fiji lives at an aquarium in Okinawa, and a disease forced the amputation of 75% of her tail.

The tire maker Bridgestone developed the fin, and they donated it to the aquarium (at a cost of $95,000).

Here's a thought: 60 years ago Japan was a war-ravaged nation, and today they are a strong ally (with troops here in Iraq) and the third largest economy in the world. Who would have guessed that? Probably not the NYTimes or any American academics. Maybe in 60 years we'll see Iraqi dolphins with prosthetic tails.