Large turtle washes up on popular Gold Coast beach

Beach-goers at a busy Gold Coast beach have received quite a surprise this afternoon, with a large turtle washing ashore.

The sea animal washed up on the sand at Surfers Paradise around 1.00pm on Wednesday.

Lifeguards immediately notified SeaWorld Rescue crews, who are currently on scene.


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Swimmers and surfers have also been cleared from the water.

It comes just hours after a young man was pulled from the surf at Surfers Paradise beach following a near-drowning.

RELATED: Swimmer pulled unconscious from surf at Gold Coast beach

The 21-year-old was found unresponsive after diving into a wave around 10.30am this morning.

He has since been taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

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Someone siad they saw a very large turtle under the bridge at Biggera waters on Monday as we went under it on a boat.