Finding Dory… in a Fishtank

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 by Kat Libby

If you’re like me, you’re pretty excited to watch Finding Dory. But did you know that scientists are worried that the movie might cause problems for fish in Australia? After Finding Nemo came out, many more people wanted clownfish as pets, and many clownfish were taken from their wild habitats (just like Nemo!). However, captive breeding programs meant that more clownfish were available to be adopted as pets, reducing the impact on wild populations.


The fish Dory is modeled after, the regal blue tang, can only be found in the wild. This makes it more vulnerable to population loss than the clownfish, so these scientists hope that people will learn more about a tropical fish species before they decide to bring home a new pet.

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