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Finding Dory Film Impacts Clownfish Population Preservation

May 22, 2016 02:38 PM EDT
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The Finding Nemo sequel film entitled Finding Dory left an undeniable impact over animal lovers thereby created a dramatic effect on clown fish population preservation.

Who would not know about Nemo, an adorable clownfish, abducted from his natural habitation by an Autralian diver and sold as a pet in an aquarium for a dentist? His struggles to escape and how he strived inside his place of captivity before he finally got rescued by his father made the viewers want to own clownfish as pet.

These viewer responses got the experts from the Flinders University and the University of Queensland concerned thereby reminding the people to be careful not to take the wrong message from the movie.

This is why the Saving Nemo Conservation Fund has been established by the two universities to endow people with awareness and education on marine and aquatic breeding programs.

"What most people don't realise is that about 90 per cent of marine fish found in aquarium shops come from the wild," said Carmen da Silva, Saving Nemo Queensland Project Coordinator. "Reef fish populations are already struggling due to warmer sea temperatures and ocean acidification caused by global warming," she added, according to The Telegraph

Da Silva further explained that blue tang fish like the one playing the character of Dory on the movie only release sperm and eggs into the sea and can never be done artificially in laboratories. This is why blue tang fishes being captured and brought home as pets are deprived of their opportunity to reproduce.

CBS Local reports that with the present climatical condition and ocean temperatures, coral reefs are the safest place to lessen the struggles of the sea creatures. Taking them away from their natural habitation only puts their lives at risk and in danger of extinction.

"What we mostly want to achieve is awareness about where the fish come from and the fact that ornamental fish are being taken from the wild and 100 percent of blue tang fish are caught in the wild," said Burke da Silva, professor and co-founder of the Saving Nemo Conservation Fund, as per Newsoxy.

Here is a sneak preview of Nemo and Dory's journey.

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