A loggerhead turtle that came to grief inland on New Years Eve 2009 and almost died has returned to lay eggs on the Bundaberg coast, thanks to the efforts of volunteers.
EHP Chief Scientist Col Limpus said the mature female turned up again recently, to the delight of turtle researchers and volunteers.
"On December 31 2009 she came ashore at night to lay her eggs and was disoriented by the illuminated skyline behind the beach," Dr Limpus said.
"The next day a local farmer found her overheated, comatose and close to death out in the paddock in mid afternoon, several hundred metres inland from the beach.
"He called Mon Repos research staff, and volunteers rescued the turtle (and) after treatment to cool her down, she recovered sufficiently to be released into the sea the next day."
Dr Limpus said the turtle was first tagged in 2002 and had been recorded nesting in seven breeding seasons over the past 11 summers.
"It is great to see this tough old girl back and successfully laying eggs," he said.
"The near-fatal incident for this member of a threatened species is a reminder of the need to manage lights along the Woongarra coast during turtle nesting and hatching season (from) November to March.
"Her rescue was an example of the great work by our volunteers."