After beaching herself in the Florida Keys in May, a female pilot whale named "300" developed severe scoliosis during his rehabilitation at Sea World in Orlando. So, SeaWorld teamed with a Florida orthopedic surgery to create a special back brace for the whale.
The scoliosis meant that 300 could not properly use her tail, which impeded her ability to swim. Obviously, when you're a whale, your swimming ability is of primary concern. So SeaWorld called up Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic and created a brace for the whale. Watch video of the poor whale, who clearly has a severely crooked spine, before the brace below:
While this if the first time such a device has been used on such a large whale, they hope that over time the whale's spine will straighten out enough so she can regain her proper swimming ability.