LIFESAVERS have performed an unusual rescue on the Gold Coast after a giant sea turtle washed up on a local beach.
The large male turtle was found on the edge of the surf at Kurrawa Beach on Saturday morning.
In a coordinated effort between Surf Life Savers and Seaworld staff, the turtle was lifted onto the back of a surf life saving vehicle before being driven off the beach.
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A Surf Life Saving Qld spokesperson said it took five men to life the giant turtle.
The turtle is believed to be aged between 60-70 years old.
It was transported to Seaworld where it is now being cared for by staff.