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Disoriented turtle takes a walk along the Esplanade

A turtle, looking a bit lost, heads for the road at corner of Corfield St and the Esplanade in Point Vernon on Tuesday.
A turtle, looking a bit lost, heads for the road at corner of Corfield St and the Esplanade in Point Vernon on Tuesday. Bronwyn Bennett

DESPITE the turtle nesting season coming to a close a Point Vernon woman is spotting them everywhere.

A turtle, about the size of a coffee table, decided to join the walkers on the Esplanade on Tuesday afternoon.

Point Vernon resident Bronwyn Bennett got a surprise when she came across the turtle wandering near Corfield St and the Esplanade.

"It was heading up the bank and everyone was standing there and watching it," she said.

"It was huge."

Ms Bennett said it was unusual to see a turtle that large in Hervey Bay.

"Normally they're dead little turtles," she said

"It actually looked like it was trying to dig to lay eggs.

"Obviously it was way off-course."

However while there were a large group of people watching it, nobody knew who to call.

"A lady was standing there for ages putting water on it to keep it cool," she said.

Ms Bennett reported the turtle to the RSPCA hotline.

After the 2013 floods there were concerns the murky water would kill off some of the population.

A Department of Environment and Heritage spokesman told the Chronicle last month, green turtle populations in the Southern Great Barrier Reef waters (which incorporate the Fraser Coast) were strong.

What to do

  • If you see an injured, sick or dead turtle, dugong, dolphin or whale phone the RSPCA on 1300 264 625

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