It was rescued from the brink of death by a passer-by who found the turtle motionless and on its back on Cola Beach near Sedgefield last week.
When rolled over, the turtle slowly began to move and help was called. The turtle had a large open wound on its flipper.
The Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness & Rehabilitation Centre responded. Resident veterinary nurse Hanlie Roux said once the turtle arrived, its wound was cleaned and it was placed in a special bath at room temperature.