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Northern Beaches Council assisted in the successful removal and relocation of 144 turtle eggs at North Steyne, Manly on Friday afternoon.
The baby eggs were discovered after Council cleaning staff noticed a female turtle making her way up on the sand just after dawn this morning.
After alerting the National Parks and Wildlife Service as well as representatives from Taronga Zoo, the careful salvaging of the eggs began just after 12pm on Friday.
By 2pm, all the baby turtle shells were successfully retrieved from the nest which was discovered some 37cm under the sand.
National Parks and Wildlife animal expert Peter Bergman said it was a very unusual find.
“You don’t see this every day, I was a bit shocked when Council rang me at 5am,’’ he said.
“It was a terrific effort by everyone involved to successfully transport the eggs.”
To ensure their best chance of survival, the baby eggs will be moved to an undisclosed beach on the mid-NSW North Coast this afternoon.