A giant sea turtle was stranded on Fishermans Beach, Emu Park this morning (Feb 22) and was rescued by local beach walkers.
A giant sea turtle was stranded on Fishermans Beach, Emu Park this morning (Feb 22) and was rescued by local beach walkers. Contributed

Green Army lends a hand rescuing wounded sea turtle

EMU PARK beach walkers came across a surprise this morning where a 110cm sea turtle was stranded on the beach.

The large turtle was found by a little girl, who named the turtle Rose, and her mother on their morning walk at 6.20am at Fishermans Beach.

Rescuers were immediately called as the turtle beared wounds that are believed to be from a boat blade.

Local Wildlife Rockhampton carer Ren Bergman was on her way from her morning workout when she got called out to help.

"I headed down to the beach as quick as I could and there was this beautiful sea turtle just lying there beached," she said.

"There was a group of us there to help but we ended up needing more people as the turtle was very heavy. We put a call out on social media to ask anyone to come down and help but we ended up getting members from the Green Army to come down and give us a hand which was great.

"We lifted the turtle and carried her from the beach to the road where we put her onto the back of a ute and sent her on her way to Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. She had some blade marks on her back and a little bit of an infection under her shell but we're hoping for a successful rescue."



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