Turtle-y awesome duo back at sea
Two green sea turtles have a new lease on life!
Kiki and Eleanor have been successfully released back into the wild at Mooloolaba this morning, just a few months after washing up, sick and injured, on Sunshine Coast beaches.
They have been nursed back to health by the team at Sea Life Sunshine Coast's Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.
Displays supervisor Denice Askebrink says Eleanor was found on Warana Beach in November, covered in barnacles and in a critical condition.
"Eleanor's health did deteriorate even further after arrival, but our whole care team worked really tirelessly together to nurse her back to health."
Kiki has also made a full recovery, after washing up at Noosa National Park in December.
"She had injuries to her carapace, she was floating (which normally happens after ingesting plastic), and she was really emaciated."
The Sunshine Coast is currently in peak hatchling season, when newly emerged turtles make their way down the beach and into the ocean.
Denice says today's release is a timely reminder for everyone to do their bit, to keep the vulnerable sea creatures safe.
"Keep the beaches nice, neat and tidy, try and help us take Three For The Sea"
"You take three pieces of plastic or rubbish any time you walk out and put it in the bin."
Image: Supplied Sea Life Sunshine Coast