Marine biologists worry 'Finding Dory' might create an endangered species

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Marine Biologists Worry 'Finding Dory' Might Create an Endangered Species


Marine biologists are fearing the worst when it comes to the latest Pixar film.

They're concerned "Finding Dory" may lead an entire species to become endangered.

When the original installment in the "Finding Nemo" franchise was released, clownfish sales were at an all-time high.

Essentially, because the main characters in the film were clownfish, everyone wanted their own personal pet Nemo.

Ironically, keeping a clownfish in captivity actually goes against the message the movie is conveying.

Fortunately, clownfish are easy to breed. This helped pet stores try to keep up with the high demand.

However, Blue Tangs, known as "Dory Fish," are not quite as easy to breed in captivity.

They naturally live among coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific. When fish are collected in these areas, often, too much damage is done to the natural environment.

Worse yet, Blue Tangs don't survive well in tanks, but that won't stop pet stores from selling them if they're in high demand.

Marine biologists estimate more than 20 to 24 million live sea creatures are taken from the wild by pet stores and pet distributors.

Aquariums and conservations are researching ways to breed Blue Tangs without harming them and will hopefully find a way to preserve the fish before it is too late.

Perhaps, in the meantime, a goldfish will do?

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A common clownfish - Amphiprion percular - in an aquarium is photographed during a media preview of 'Coral Reef - Secret Cities of the Sea' exhibition at the Natural History museum in London, Wednesday, March, 25, 2015. The museum'€™s new show plunges into the underwater world, featuring a 'virtual dive' that provides a 180-degree view of five coral reefs controlled by a joystick, including one vista with a manta ray in Komodo Island, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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