Briana Hansen
May 17, 2016 6:31 pm
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Worrying is an emotion that Finding Nemo‘s Dory is certainly no stranger to. Not only was she happy to help out Nemo’s constantly-worried father (Marlin), but she would sometimes find herself a little overwhelmed with the emotion herself. Usually this was because, as we know, she had some memory issues.

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But even though Dory was able to work through her worry (thanks to her “just keep swimming” mantra), Finding Nemo and its upcoming sequel, Finding Dory, has some marine biologists pretty worried, according to an article in The Wrap. After Finding Nemo, people everywhere wanted to have a little Nemo for themselves. The original movie’s popularity led to a 40% rise in the sale of clownfish everywhere. But that wasn’t too much of an issue since clownfish can be safely bred in captivity and do ok in personal tanks.

But Dory is no clownfish. She’s a blue tang fish, which are much rarer than clownfish and don’t do nearly as well in tanks. If Finding Dory leads to the same demand for blue tang fish that Finding Nemo did for clown fish, there could be some problems. Blue tang fish are found in areas around Indonesia and the Philippines, where there aren’t very many rules or regulations about large-scale fish collection. This means, if there’s too much demand for these fish as pets, there’s nothing really stopping people from going out and gathering lots of them (and majorly destroying ecosystems in the process).


Ellen Degeneres, who famously voices the delightful Dory, says she hopes this will not be an issue since the central message of the movie is that fish belong in the wild and not in tanks. This means that if you love Dory (and who doesn’t) the best thing you can do for her is to let her — and all of her fishy relatives — stay in the ocean where they belong.