Australian Seabird Rescue Central Coast worked for six months to rehabilitate Ned, the green sea turtle, after he was struck by a boat and had his shell cracked.
His rescuer Robert Olive developed a special bond with Ned and kept him in a tub in his suburban backyard.
Ned's vet Dr Jonathon Howard worked alongside Mr Olive to give Ned a second chance.
Boat strikes and plastic are two of the biggest killers of ocean turtles.
Video by: Michael Dahlstrom