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.
A turtle has washed up at #SurfersParadise Beach.
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It comes just hours after a young man was pulled from the surf at Surfers Paradise beach following a near-drowning.
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.