A 90-year-old green sea turtle that became stranded off the coast of Victoria is recovering in a paddling pool after being rescued by park rangers.
The metre-long turtle, dubbed 'Eve', was spotted near Lakes Entrance in Gippsland on New Year's Eve.
Parks Victoria staff said the threatened species normally lives in warm tropical areas and, even though she had no external injuries, they decided to retrieve her because she had been stuck for at least 24 hours.
Department of Environment and Primary Industries biodiversity officer Faye Bedford said the turtle has been placed in temporary accommodation - a paddling pool - before being taken to the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium for specialised care.
The rescue went smoothly even though Eve weighs about 60kg, Ms Bedford said.
'We believe Eve is around 90 or more years old, so she has seen in quite a few new years and we feel privileged that she shared this one with us,' Ms Bedford said.