Bridgestone rubber restores dolphin’s tail

Okinawa, Japan–Bridgestone scientists have developed a carbon-fibre-reinforced rubber tail for an injured dolphin, at a cost of around $95 000. Bridgestone said the technology is closely related to its Formula one tyres.

The female dolphin, named Fuji lost two-thirds of her tail fin in an amputation in 2002, but Bridgestone’s removable tail, made from foamed elastomers reinforced with carbon fibre, allows Fuji to swim freely with other dolphins.

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