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Dozens line up to celebrate popular sea turtle's birthday

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PINE KNOLL SHORES, N.C. -

In Carteret County, a popular sea turtle is turning three years old. And fans have been celebrating all day long.

Dozens of people lined up to see Nimbus the Loggerhead sea turtle at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

Fans took pictures and even sang the Happy Birthday song.

Sea turtle volunteers rescued Nimbus off the Pine Knoll Shores beach three years ago. He had trouble getting out of his shell and they didn't expect him to live long because of his facial deformity.

Fans say reaching three years of age is a milestone.

Nimbus is one of the most popular animals at the aquarium.

The aquarium director says most Loggerhead sea turtles are brown, but Nimbus is white because of a genetic mutation.

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