News from the Field

David Free


Birch Aquarium has teamed up with the Digital Media Lab at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) Library to create what is believed to be the first 3-D-printed brace for a sea turtle’s shell. The Loggerhead Sea Turtle was rescued from a New Jersey power plant in 2013 with a large gap in the bottom right part of her shell. This gap, along with an abnormal curve of her spine and paralysis of her back flippers, is likely due to trauma experienced in the wild before she was rescued.

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