NC State Students Design Sea Turtle Splint

Filed under: Roanoke Island by roanokeisland on Monday, May 5th, 2014

Augie, a juvenile green sea turtle, was found stranded in July 2013 with an open fracture in the right front flipper. Augie’s flippersplint1 needed help healing, so Austin Isaacs and Kathryn McCullough, students in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering at NC State University, designed this splint for him. Kathryn designed the model of Augie’s flipper, and Austin developed the splint around this example. After using the splint for 40 days, Augie’s flipper was stable enough to continue healing on its own. Austin and Kathryn recently visited our husbandry curator Christian Legner and were very excited to meet Augie and speak with Christian about the whole experience. This medical procedure was the first of its kind.