Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club lifesavers had a surprising visitor make its way across the sand at the southern end of the beach on Monday morning.
Lifesaver Tyson Davies rescued an echidna that was found near the drain in front of the surf club, Canberra resident James Crook said.
Mr Crook and his family were walking along the beach, enjoying the pristine view and glassy water about 10.15am when they passed the lifesaver, who was returning the echinda to nearby bushland.
“I can’t imagine anything more Australian,” Mr Crook said.
His daughter Lara, 3, was beaming when she saw the native monotreme, he said.
“My three-year-old was quite enthusiastic,” Mr Crook said.
“It’s one of the best things we’ve seen.
“Tyson put it down on the beach in front of the trees and she was running alongside telling people there was an echidna.”
Mr Crook said Mr Davies handled the rescue well. “He was smiling, they’re pretty laidback couple of guys.”