AN early morning training session yesterday for 14 paddlers turned into a rescue mission for a female green turtle at Suva Point.
Guy Morris, one of the paddlers from the Tafaga Outrigger Club, said one of their paddlers in the one man canoe spotted the turtle first.
"It was its behaviour that drew our attention.
"Normally, a turtle when they see a vehicle, a person or an object, they dive into the water but this one was trying to dive but with no success," Mr Morris said.
He said they then lugged the turtle into one of the B6 canoes and paddled it to shore towards the USP Marine Campus.
"It looked like it was in trouble so we helped it out.
"We knew USP had an aquarium and we knew they could help the turtle."
Mr Morris said it took four paddlers to carry the 85cm-wide and 90cm-long turtle into the aquarium.
WWF South Pacific marine species projects officer Laitia Tamana confirmed the turtle was not tagged but it would be when they release it back into the ocean.