He celebrated with a Jell-O cake.
CLEARWATER, Florida — Nicolas the dolphin celebrated its 20th birthday Friday at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
The beloved bottlenose dolphin, who was rescued as a calf, received a Jell-O cake and personalized cone from his animal care team.
The guests sent their birthday wishes to Nick in advance during the Thursday evening summer glow event, which is part of a series that runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday this summer.
Nicholas weighed just 120 pounds when he was found stranded in Gibsonton. He was discovered with his mother, Noelle, on Christmas Eve 2002, leading to holiday names for the two.
As the two dolphins remained in the sun for an indefinite period, young Nick suffered second and third degree sunburns on 36% of his body. Noelle also had third-degree burns, in addition to suspected respiratory illness. She died a few days later, leaving Nick a 6-month-old orphan.
“Because he lacked the necessary survival skills he would have learned from his mother, Nicholas did not make a suitable candidate for release, so Clearwater Marine Aquarium became his forever home,” explained CMA in a press release.
Nick has lived at the marine animal rescue center longer than any of the other dolphins. Visitors can see him spending time with his pal Hemingway.
If you have photos with Nicholas, you can share them on social media with the hashtag #NickTurns20. To observe the dolphins of the CMA at any time, the establishment sets up live webcams. You can stream the video by click here.