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   Undertoad  Friday Feb 16 07:46 AM

February 16, 2007: Artificial fluke

xoB finds this WaPo Day in Pics shot, a fine Friday image. This bottlenose dolphin named "Fuji" had a problem. In 2002 she developed a strange disease, and most of her fluke actually fell off.

Dolphins can get on okay without a complete fluke, but scientists at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium wanted to help her out, and also to learn more about dolphins and whether they can recover, and swim and get anong with other dolphins, if they receive the assistance of an artificial fin.

Thus, the fake fluke.

Attaching it and working with Fuji has been no easy task. Dolphins don't like to have artificial things attached to them, so Fuji had to be trained to allow people to attach the thing, and not to reject it once attached.

Aquarium page in English explaining her treatment

Sheldonrs  Friday Feb 16 09:36 AM

I hear the male dolphins are all swarming around her and the other females are all bitching because she had a fin job.

CharlieG  Friday Feb 16 09:43 AM

Heh - I was expecting something to do with what are also known as "summer flounder"

dar512  Friday Feb 16 10:55 AM

Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post
Attaching it and working with Fuji has been no easy task.
And I don't think they'll be able to do it again. The first time was obviously a ________.

Griff  Friday Feb 16 11:08 AM

[brandishing] wet noodle [/brandishing]
Quit it you!

Elspode  Friday Feb 16 12:58 PM

Oh boy! I get to be the first to say something like, "Damn, no fluke? I don't want to eat her, now."

skysidhe  Friday Feb 16 01:00 PM

ahh, great story!

footfootfoot  Friday Feb 16 01:49 PM

Originally Posted by CharlieG View Post
Heh - I was expecting something to do with what are also known as "summer flounder"
Summer flounder, some are fluke?

axlrosen  Friday Feb 16 02:05 PM

Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post

Thus, the fake fluke.
"What's the matter with you? Don't you know your left flank from your right flank?"

"I'm sorry sir, I flunked flank."

"You flunked flank?? Get the flunk outta here!"

CharlieG  Friday Feb 16 02:57 PM

Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
Summer flounder, some are fluke?
Fluke and flounder are 2 different fish - flounder are cold water fish, and don't really hang out in warm summer water - fluke do -Fluke are also known as turbot - flounder are also know as "sole"

The BIG one - fluke have their eyes on the LEFT, flounder have their eyes on the RIGHT


Shawnee123  Friday Feb 16 03:15 PM

ahhh, fluke it


xoxoxoBruce  Friday Feb 16 11:36 PM

Since Dolphins are the other critter that have sex for fun, falsies are a natural progression.

Brooke of the Land  Saturday Feb 17 04:44 PM

Should we just rename the dolphin to Faux-lipper?

monster  Saturday Feb 17 04:54 PM


onetrack  Tuesday Feb 20 08:07 AM

Boy dolphin chats up Fuji the girl dolphin in bar .. "Hey, are those flukes for real .. ??" ..

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