Prince Charles Holds a Baby Turtle, Meets Steve Irwin's Family

Playing Prince Charles Holds Baby Sea Turtle During Visit to Australia

A turtle, the Irwins and the heir apparent to the British throne walk onto an island...

No, this is not a joke — it's what happened in Australia Friday. 

As part of his visit to the country, Prince Charles arrived on Australia's Lady Elliot Island, where he met with the family of the late Crocodile Hunter and a turtle. 

Charles was Down Under to participate in a roundtable discussion on the protection of the Great Barrier Reef, which is on the brink of collapse.

Thanks to rising sea temperatures and coral bleaching, the habitat is being wiped out for thousands of creatures including green sea turtles like the one the prince held in a photo with Steve Irwin's widow, Terri Irwin, and her children, Bindi and Robert Clarence.

Irwin, an Australian a conservationist and television personality, died in 2006 while filming a documentary on the Great Barrier Reef.

As part of his current tour, Charles is due to travel to Vanuatu, where he will meet with local officials and inspect reconstruction of infrastructure damaged by Tropical Cyclone Pam in 2015.

He will then head back to mainland Australia for visits to the cities of Cairns and Darwin. 

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