Four months after she found a stranded green sea turtle at Sandon River, 10-year-old Ellie Svikis from Ocean Shores watched on in delight as the turtle was returned to the ocean at Main Beach in Byron Bay last Friday.
Accompanied by a large crowd of curious onlookers, the turtle, named Elli, and another turtle, a Hawksbill turtle named Harriet found on Fingal Beach in October last year, were released by members of the Australian Seabird Rescue (ASR).
Elli is the third turtle that Ellie has found stranded on the mud flats at Sandon River.
“I am really excited to see the turtles go back to the sea today,” Ellie said.
Ellie’s best friend, Isabella Brett, was also on hand to see the turtles returned to the wild.
ASR general manager Keith Williams said he couldn’t be sure where Elli and Harriet had originally came from.
He said it was likely they were floating helplessly on ocean currents for some time before being stranded.
“We are all very excited to see them being returned to the sea,” Mr Williams said.
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