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Aquarium’s nuptials for rare species

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PICTURES: MERCURY PRESS

A PAIR of green sea turtles had an underwater wedding with a three-tier cake, witnesses in wetsuits and broccoli bouquets.

The marriage — blessed by a real priest — was Manchester Sea Life Centre’s attempt to get Cammy and Ernie to mate and help protect their endangered species.

The turtles had a 30-strong reception and an underwater ‘Just married’ banner.

Ernie, who is 12, was making it clear he was getting fed up with the single life when he got frisky with a large stone in the Stretford-based aquarium.

It all went swimmingly: Cammy and Ernie’s wedding had witnesses in wetsuits

Ernie’s carers found Cammy, a 16-year-old female living at Sea Life Loch Lomond, West Dunbartonshire, needing a male to stimulate her to release her eggs.

Turtle expert and ‘bridesmaid’ Emma Whittle said: ‘Now we are celebrating their very own happy ever after and we couldn’t be more pleased — there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.’