A rare Green Sea Turtle was saved by Randwick Council lifeguards at Clovelly beach this morning.
The lifeguards were alerted by a member of the public that a small head was bobbing in the water and thought it was a swimmer in trouble.
Springing to attention, they swam out to rescue the swimmer only to discover it was a friendly sea turtle struggling against the incoming tide.
Lifeguards promptly contacted the National Parks and Wildlife Service, who identified the graceful marine creature as a rare Green Sea Turtle, and transferred it to Taronga Zoo Hospital for assessment and appropriate care.
Sea turtles are found in all oceans of the world except the Arctic and play a critical role in maintaining the delicate ecosystems of the ocean by eating sea grass growing on the ocean floor.
Randwick mayor Tony Bowen said the turtle was a welcome visitor to Randwick City’s shores.
“We know that many thousands of visitors enjoy the glorious beaches of our City each year, and we hope this fellow enjoyed his visit,’ he said. “We hope he makes a full recovery, and I’d like to commend Council lifeguards Matthew Phillips and Luke Twitchings for their quick thinking and appropriate action.”